F SHARP DORIAN MODE

‘F sharp dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the E major scale. The notes in F# 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 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# – 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

Derivative Approach:

F# is the 2nd note of the E major scale scale:
E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D#

If we play an 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:

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

F Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

F Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

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

F Sharp Dorian Mode 4th Position Frets

F Sharp Dorian Mode 4th Position Notes

Now let’s look at F# dorian in the 5th position (lowest fret is 5)

F Sharp Dorian Mode 5th Position Frets

F Sharp Dorian Mode 5th Position Notes

Now let’s look at F# dorian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

F Sharp Dorian Mode 8th Position Frets

F Sharp Dorian Mode 8th Position Notes


Now let’s look at F# dorian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

F Sharp Dorian Mode 11th Position Frets

F Sharp Dorian Mode 11th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at F# dorian in the 12th position (lowest fret is 12)

F Sharp Dorian Mode 12th Position Frets

F Sharp Dorian Mode 12th 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

E Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

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