C SHARP DORIAN MODE

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

C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B

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 A# 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 (E#) and the 7th note (B#) we get the following:
C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A# – B

Derivative Approach:

C# is the 2nd note of the B major scale:
B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A#

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

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

C Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

C Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at C# dorian in the 3rd position (lowest fret is 3)

C Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Frets

C Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Notes

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

C Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Frets

C Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Notes

Now let’s look at C# dorian in the 7th position (lowest fret is 7)

C Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Frets

C Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Notes

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

C Sharp Dorian Mode 11th Position Frets

C Sharp Dorian Mode 11th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at C# dorian in the 12th position (lowest fret is 12)

C Sharp Dorian Mode 12th Position Frets

C Sharp Dorian Mode 12th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of C# 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

B Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

 

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