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

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

F# – G# – A – B – C# – D# – E

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# – B – C# – D# – E#

If we flatten the 3rd note (A#) and the 7th note (E#) we get the following:

F# – G# – A – B – C# – D# – E

## F# Dorian Mode Using The Derivative Approach

F# is the 2nd note of the E Major scale:

E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D#

If we play the E Major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:

F# – G# – A – B – C# – D# – E

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 12th Position (Lowest Fret is 12)

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.