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

E – F# – G – A – B – C# – D

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 E dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

E major has the following notes:
E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D#

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

Derivative Approach:

E is the 2nd note of a D major scale:
D – E – F# – G – A – B – C#

If we play a D major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:
E – F# – G – A – B – C# – D

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

E Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

E Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

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

E Dorian Mode 2nd Position Frets

E Dorian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at E dorian in the 3rd position (lowest fret is 3)

E Dorian Mode 3rd Position Frets

E Dorian Mode 3rd Position Notes

Now let’s look at E dorian in the 6th position (lowest fret is 6)

E Dorian Mode 6th Position Frets

E Dorian Mode 6th Position Notes

Now let’s look at E dorian in the 9th position (lowest fret is 9)

E Dorian Mode 9th Position Frets

E Dorian Mode 9th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at E dorian in the 10th position (lowest fret is 10)

E Dorian Mode 10th Position Frets

E Dorian Mode 10th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of E dorian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the dorian mode, check out dorian mode explained.

Other useful or related posts:

E Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

D Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

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