E SHARP DORIAN MODE

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

E# – Fx – G# – A# – B# – Cx – 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# – Fx – Gx – A# – Bx – Cx – Dx

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

Derivative Approach:

E# is the 2nd note of the D# major scale:
D# – E# – Fx – G# – A# – B# – Cx

If we play an D# major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:
E# – Fx – G# – A# – B# – Cx – 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 Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

E Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

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

E Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Frets

E Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Notes

Now let’s look at E# dorian in the 4th position (lowest fret is 4)

E Sharp Dorian Mode 4th Position Frets

E Sharp Dorian Mode 4th Position Notes

Now let’s look at E# dorian in the 7th position (lowest fret is 7)

E Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Frets

E Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Notes

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

E Sharp Dorian Mode 10th Position Frets

E Sharp Dorian Mode 10th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at E# dorian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

E Sharp Dorian Mode 11th Position Frets

E Sharp Dorian Mode 11th Position Notes

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

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