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Dorian scales are made from major scales in two ways:

  • Same Notes, Different Root – Dorian mode is built from the second step of a major scale. It has the same notes as the parent (major) scale, but it starts and ends in a different place and uses a different root drone. For example, D Major is the parent to E Dorian.
  • Different Notes, Same Root – Take any major scale and lower the the 3rd and seventh steps by a half step to get a Dorian scale with the same root note. For example, D Major gets transformed into D Dorian.

Playing Dorian and other modes will expand your musical mind, help you learn tunes, improve left-hand technique and prepare you for improvisation. Plus….you know what I’m going to say…they’re fun. And…

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