C DORIAN MODE

‘C dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the Bb major scale. The notes in C dorian are:

C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb

If you have read the post on understanding the dorian mode, you will know that the dorian mode contains a flat 3 and a flat 7 (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 2nd mode of a major scale (derivative approach). Let’s briefly look at how to construct C dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

C major has the following notes:
C – D – E – F – G – A – B

If we flatten the 3rd note (D) and the 7th note (B) we get the following:
C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb

Derivative Approach:

C is the 2nd note of a Bb major scale:
Bb – C – D – Eb – F – G – A

If we play a Bb major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:
C – D – Eb – F – G – A – Bb

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Let’s look at the C dorian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

C Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

C Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at C dorian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

C Dorian Mode 2nd Position Frets

C Dorian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at C dorian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

C Dorian Mode 5th Position FretsC Dorian Mode 5th Position Notes

Now let’s look at C dorian in the 6th position (lowest fret is 6)

C Dorian Mode 6th Position Frets

C Dorian Mode 6th Position Notes

Now let’s look at C dorian in the 10th position (lowest fret is 10)

C Dorian Mode 10th Position Frets

C Dorian Mode 10th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at C dorian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

C Dorian Mode 11th Position Frets

C Dorian Mode 11th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of B dorian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the dorian mode, check out dorian mode explained.

Other useful or related posts:

C Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

Bb major scale

 

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