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

D# Dorian Mode Using The 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#

D# Dorian Mode Using The Derivative Approach

D# is the 2nd note of the C# Major scale:

C# – D# – E# – F# – G# – A# – B

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

D# – E# – F# – G# – A# – B# – C#

D# Dorian Mode CAGED Positions

Let’s look at D# dorian in the 5 different CAGED positions along the fretboard.

D# Dorian in the 1st Position (Lowest Fret is 1)

D Sharp Dorian Mode 1st Position Frets
D Sharp Dorian Mode 1st Position Notes

D# Dorian in the 2nd Position (Lowest Fret is 2)

D Sharp Dorian Mode 2nd Position Frets
D Sharp Dorian Mode 2nd Position Notes

D# Dorian in the 5th Position (Lowest Fret is 5)

D Sharp Dorian Mode 5th Position Frets
D Sharp Dorian Mode 5th Position Notes

D# Dorian in the 8th Position (Lowest Fret is 8)

D Sharp Dorian Mode 8th Position Frets
D Sharp Dorian Mode 8th Position Notes

D# 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.

Further Reading

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