G SHARP DORIAN MODE

‘G sharp dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the F sharp major scale. The notes in G# dorian are:

G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E# – F#

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 G# dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

G# Major has the following notes:
G# – A# – B# – C# – D# – E# – Fx

If we flatten the 3rd note (B#) and the 7th note (Fx) we get the following:
G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E# – F#

Derivative Approach:

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

If we play an F# major scale and start on the 2nd note we get the following:

G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E# – F#

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

G Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Frets

G Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at G# dorian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

G Sharp Dorian Mode 1st Position FretsG Sharp Dorian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at G# dorian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

G Sharp Dorian Mode 2nd Position Frets

G Sharp Dorian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at G# dorian in the 6th position (lowest fret is 6)

G Sharp Dorian Mode 6th Position Frets

G Sharp Dorian Mode 6th Position Notes

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

G Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Frets

G Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at G# dorian in the 10th position (lowest fret is 10)

G Sharp Dorian Mode 10th Position Frets

G Sharp Dorian Mode 10th Position Notes

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

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

Other useful or related posts:

G Sharp Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

F Sharp Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

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