D SHARP DORIAN MODE

‘D sharp dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the C sharp 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 C# dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

D# major has the following notes:
D# – E# – Fx – G# – A# – B# – Cx

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

Derivative Approach:

D# is the 2nd note of the 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:

There are no notes in D# dorian that can be played with the open strings (with standard tuning) so there are no ‘open positions’ for D# dorian.

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

D Sharp Dorian Mode 1st Position Frets

D Sharp Dorian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at C# dorian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

D Sharp Dorian Mode 2nd Position Frets

D Sharp Dorian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at C# dorian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

D Sharp Dorian Mode 5th Position Frets

D Sharp Dorian Mode 5th Position Notes

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

D Sharp Dorian Mode 8th Position Frets

D Sharp Dorian Mode 8th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at C# dorian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

D Sharp Dorian Mode 9th Position Frets

D Sharp Dorian Mode 9th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of D# 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 Sharp Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

C Sharp Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

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