‘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 Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Frets
E Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

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 3rd Position (Lowest Fret is 3)

E Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Frets
E Sharp Dorian Mode 3rd Position Notes

E# Dorian in the 4th Position (Lowest Fret is 4)

E Sharp Dorian Mode 4th Position Frets
E Sharp Dorian Mode 4th Position Notes

E# Dorian in the 7th Position (Lowest Fret is 7)

E Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Frets
E Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Notes

E# Dorian in the 10th Position (Lowest Fret is 10)

E Sharp Dorian Mode 10th Position Frets
E Sharp Dorian Mode 10th Position Notes

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

Further Reading

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