‘F dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the Eb 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 the major scale (derivative approach). Let’s briefly look at how to construct F dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

F Dorian Mode Using The 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

F Dorian Mode Using The Derivative Approach

F is the 2nd note of the Eb major scale:

Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D

If we play the 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:

F Dorian in the Open Position

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

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

F Dorian Mode CAGED Positions

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

F Dorian in the 3rd Position (Lowest Fret is 3)

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

F Dorian in the 4th Position (Lowest Fret is 4)

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

F Dorian in the 7thPosition (Lowest Fret is 7)

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

F Dorian in the 10th Position (Lowest Fret is 10)

D Dorian Mode 10th Position Notes

F 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.

Further Reading

  • Fm chord (F Dorian works well over this chord)
  • Fm7 chord (F Dorian works well over this chord)
  • Eb Major scale (F Dorian is the second mode of the Eb Major scale)

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