‘G sharp dorian’ is the 2nd mode of the F# Major scale. The notes in G sharp 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 the major scale (derivative approach). Let’s briefly look at how to construct G# dorian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

G# Dorian Mode Using The 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#

G# Dorian Mode Using The Derivative Approach

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

F# – G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E#

If we play the 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:

G# Dorian in the Open Position

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

G Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Frets
G Sharp Dorian Mode Open Position Notes

G# Dorian Mode CAGED Positions

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

G# Dorian in the 1st Position (Lowest Fret is 1)

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

G# Dorian in the 2nd Position (Lowest Fret is 2)

G Sharp Dorian Mode 2nd Position Frets
G Sharp Dorian Mode 2nd Position Notes

G# Dorian in the 6th Position (Lowest Fret is 6)

G Sharp Dorian Mode 6th Position Frets
G Sharp Dorian Mode 6th Position Notes

G# Dorian in the 7th Position (Lowest Fret is 7)

G Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Frets
G Sharp Dorian Mode 7th Position Notes

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.

Further Reading

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