# E Sharp Dorian Mode on the Guitar – 5 CAGED Positions, Tabs and Theory

‘E sharp dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the D sharp major scale. The notes in E sharp 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 the major scale (derivative approach). Let’s briefly look at how to construct E sharp dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

## E Sharp Dorian Mode Using The Parallel Approach

E# Major has the following notes:

E# – Fx – Gx – A# – B# – 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#

## E# Dorian Mode Using The Derivative Approach

E# is the 2nd note of the D# major scale:

D# – E# – Fx – G# – A# – B# – Cx

If we play the 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:

## E# Dorian in the Open Position

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

## E# Dorian Mode CAGED Positions

Now let’s look at E# dorian in the 5 different CAGED positions along the fretboard.

### E# Dorian in the 11th Position (Lowest Fret is 11)

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.