The Dorian mode creates a laid back, chilled out vibe and as such it is commonly used to solo in downbeat rock, funk and jazz. It is heard in the A sections of Herbie Hancock’s Maiden Voyage, Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles and Paradise by Coldplay.
It is often used in modern rock and blues (such as the middle section of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin) and is one of the most commonly used minor modes.
C Dorian Scale Shapes
C Dorian Triad and Arpeggio Shapes
Typical Chord Progressions
Backing Track Dorian 1:
Backing Track Dorian 2:
Backing Track Dorian 3:
Dorian Scale Lick 1:
Dorian Scale Lick 2:
Dorian Scale Lick 3:
Obviously there is loads more we can look at in the Dorian mode. Fro more ideas, check out my book Guitar Scales in Context, available on Amazon now.
In the next lesson, we will be looking at an incredible useful sound: The Mixolydian Mode