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

‘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 CAGED Positions

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

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

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.