# D Flat Dorian Mode on the Guitar – 5 CAGED Positions, Tabs and Theory

‘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:

## 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 12th Position (Lowest Fret is 12)

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)