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

F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D – Eb

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

Parallel Approach:

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

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

Derivative Approach:

F is the 2nd note of an Eb major scale:
Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D

If we play an Eb major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:
F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D – Eb

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

F Dorian Mode Open Position Frets
F Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

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

D Dorian Mode 3rd Position Frets
D Dorian Mode 3rd Position Notes

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

D Dorian Mode 4th Position Frets
D Dorian Mode 4th Position Notes

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

D Dorian Mode 7th Position Frets
D Dorian Mode 7th Position Notes
D Dorian Mode 10th Position Frets

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

D Dorian Mode 10th Position Notes

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

D Dorian Mode 11th Position Frets
D Dorian Mode 11th Position Notes

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

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

Other useful or related posts:

F Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

Eb Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

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