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The Dorian Scale

By Darren DeFranco


Hey everybody,

Our next mode is also one of the most popular – the dorian scale. The dorian scale is similar to a minor scale but with a raised 6th degree. The dorian mode is used for many types of music, ranging from Latin, funk, jazz, rock, and more. It may be one of the most groovy modes out there!

Have fun, and please let us know if you have any questions.


As always, memorize this scale and try playing it in a few different keys. Try playing a G dorian, C dorian, and F dorian scales for starters. Here’s a quiz to test your dorian knowledge: what would the dorian modes be for the following keys:

1) C major

2) G major

3) D major

4) A major

5) E major

6) F major


1) D dorian

2) A dorian

3) E dorian

4) B dorian

5) F# dorian

6) G dorian


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