D DORIAN MODE

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

D – E – F – G – A – B – C

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 D dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

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

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

Derivative Approach:

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

If we play a C major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:
D – E – F – G – A – B – C
Let’s look at the D dorian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

D Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

D Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at D dorian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

D Dorian Mode 1st Position Frets

D Dorian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at D dorian in the 4th position (lowest fret is 4)

D Dorian Mode 4th Position Frets

D Dorian Mode 4th Position Notes

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

D Dorian Mode 7th Position Frets

D Dorian Mode 7th Position Notes

Now let’s look at D dorian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

D Dorian Mode 8th Position Frets

D Dorian Mode 8th Position Notes

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

D Dorian Mode 12th Position Frets

D Dorian Mode 12th Position Notes

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

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:

D Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

C Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

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