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

Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb

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 the major scale (derivative approach). Let’s briefly look at how to construct D dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Db Dorian Mode Using The Parallel Approach

Db Major has the following notes:

Db – Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – C

If we flatten the 3rd note (F) and the 7th note (C) we get the following:

Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb

Db Dorian Mode Using The Derivative Approach

Db is the 2nd note of the Cb major scale:

Cb – Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb

If we play the Cb Major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:

Db – Eb – Fb – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cbb

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

Db Dorian in the Open Position

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

D Flat Dorian Mode Open Position Frets
D Flat Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

Db Dorian Mode CAGED Positions

Now let’s look at Db dorian in the 5 different CAGED positions along the fretboard.

Db Dorian in the 3rd Position (Lowest Fret is 1)

D Flat Dorian Mode 3rd Position Frets
D Flat Dorian Mode 3rd Position Notes

Db Dorian in the 6th Position (Lowest Fret is 6)

D Flat Dorian Mode 6th Position Frets
D Flat Dorian Mode 6th Position Notes

Db Dorian in the 7th Position (Lowest Fret is 7)

D Flat Dorian Mode 7th Position Frets
D Flat Dorian Mode 7th Position Notes

Db Dorian in the 11th Position (Lowest Fret is 11)

D Flat Dorian Mode 11th Position Frets
D Flat Dorian Mode 11th Position Notes

Db Dorian in the 12th Position (Lowest Fret is 12)

D Flat Dorian Mode 12th Position Frets
D Flat Dorian Mode 12th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of Db dorian along the guitar fretboard. For an in depth explanation of the dorian mode, check out dorian mode explained.

Further Reading

  • Dbm chord (Dbm Dorian works well over this chord)
  • Dbm7 chord (Db Dorian works well over this chord)
  • Cb Major scale (Db Dorian is the second mode of the Cb Major scale)

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