‘D locrian’ is the 7th mode of the Eb Major scale. The notes in D locrian are:

D – Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C

If you have read the post on understanding the locrian mode, you will know that the locrian mode contains a ‘flat 2’, a ‘flat 3’ a ‘flat 5’ a ‘flat 6’ and a ‘flat 7’ (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 7th mode of the major scale (derivative approach). The locrian mode is a very ‘dark’ sounding mode and is probably the hardest of the 7 modes to get acquainted with. Let’s briefly look at how to construct D locrian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

D Locrian Mode Using The Parallel Approach

D Major scale has the following notes:

D – E – F# – G – A – B – C#

If we ‘lower’ the 2nd note (E), 3rd note (F#), 5th note (A), 6th note (B) and 7th note (C#), we get the following:

D – Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C

D Locrian Mode Using The Derivative Approach

D is the 7th note of the Eb Major scale:

Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D

If we play the Eb Major scale and start on the 7th note we get the following:

D – Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C

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

D Locrian in the Open Position

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

D Locrian Mode Open Position Frets
D Locrian Mode Open Position Notes

D Locrian Mode CAGED Positions

Now let’s look at D locrian in the 5 different CAGED positions along the fretboard.

D Locrian in the 3rd Position (Lowest Fret is 3)

D Locrian Mode 3rd Position Frets
D Locrian Mode 3rd Position Notes

D Locrian in the 4th Position (Lowest Fret is 4)

D Locrian Mode 4th Position Frets
D Locrian Mode 4th Position Notes

D Locrian in the 7th Position (Lowest Fret is 7)

D Locrian Mode 7th Position Frets
D Locrian Mode 7th Position Notes

D Locrian in the 10th Position (Lowest Fret is 10)

D Locrian Mode 10th Position Frets
D Locrian Mode 10th Position Notes

D Locrian in the 11th Position (Lowest Fret is 11)

D Locrian Mode 11th Position Frets
D Locrian Mode 11th Position Notes

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

Further Reading

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