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Jazz & More Guitar Lessons: Dorian Mode

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Jazz Basics, Dorian Mode Part 1.
Before I move on to the next mode which
is Dorian, the second step of C major.
I'm gonna speak a little
bit about the fingerings.
And for me there's no ultimate fingering,
you know?
Everyone has different hands,
different size, sizes of hands, you know?
I would prefer if you just
try what feels good for you.
Some people like to do big stretches.
Some people like to use their pinky.
Some people prefer just to use their,
three fingers,
like the first, second, and the third.
And as you know the great jazz guitarist
Django Reinhardt, he was handicapped.
He hurt his hand.
So he only used two fingers on his left
hand, and that worked fine for him.
He played amazingly.
So, I would, personally I use mostly,
I like to slide.
So, because I'm not stuck in positions.
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I like to slide up and
down the neck like this, trying to create
new fingerings all the time if possible.
So that way I won't play
the same fingerings.
I will rather play what I hear in my head.
It goes through the fingers, and
then I try to find the fingering for
it instead of using a set fingering.
And then just,
you know, playing what's in your fingers
instead of playing what's in your head.
So that's my.
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My idea about doing this.
So the, the second step of this,
we have the C major scale.
We have the notes.
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C, D, E F, G, A, B, C.
And now let's start on
the second step of the scale.
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The D.
And then you call it D dorian,
and if you stack the thirds.
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You get a D minor, 7 arpeggio.
D, F, A, C.
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So D Dorian is more or
less C major scale that starts from D and
ends on D.
But it's very different
from C major 'cause
in the Dorian scale you have
different notes that are important.
You have the D, F, the A, the C.
These are the chord, chord notes in
the arpeggio, so these are important.
And also this note, the sixth.
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The B.
This is the actual flavor of the note.
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The sixth.
So the scale is D,
E, F, G, A, B C, D.
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And
then you can try to just
play this sequence.
Start wherever on the neck
you feel comfortable.
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Why not.
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Really high up or down.
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And
then you will find it, be able to find
it all over the neck, just as I do.
And just as with the Ionian scale for
dorian,
you can also use different intervals.
Trying with the thirds.
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Like F, D, F,
E, G, and so on.
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You can try the fourth notes,
D, G, E, A, F, B, G,
C, A, D, A, B, E.
And then back to C, F.
And also the other intervals, the fifths.
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D, A, E, B, F, C, G, D, A, E.
And B
and F.
And then back to C.
And G.
And then back to D.
And also sixths and
seventh note interval works fine.
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Just as I explained,
the same concept as I explained
before using the Ionian scale.
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So when you improvise on this Dorian mode,
it's important to hear
that it's a minor scale,
it's a minor scale with a natural 6.
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And then start adding
some chromatic notes.
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Like I'm doing here.
This chromatic approaching from
either above or below or both.
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So
let's try to improvise
on the D Dorian mode.
And let's hear the backing track.
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Find the
triads.
D minor, E minor, F, G,
A minor, B minor, flat 5,
C, G, chromatics.
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So, what I did there at the end,
I applied these triads.
As you know,
just like I did on the C Ionian scale.
Like C major, D minor, E minor, F major,
G major, A minor, B minor,
minor flat 5, and C major.
And the ones that work really well here.
And this mode is the C.
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C major because you have the 9th,
you have the minor 7th,
and you have the 4th.
And this one works fine too,
the F major, F C, and A.
A is the 5th D is C is the 7th,
and F is the 3rd.
And G major,
this creates a little bit of tension.
Here you have the.
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Here you have the 6th.
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Here you have the 4th and
here you have the root.
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So
you can just play around these trials for
a little while to experiment.
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This is the Dorian mode.
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Jazz Basics,
Dorian Mode Part 2 With Approach Notes.
When, improvising over the Dorian scale,
there's,
one little thing you can do that
makes it sound more interesting.
You can use, actually, this note,
the major 7, as an approach note.
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To D, that's a C sharp.
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So, if you might start a phrase on E.
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And then C Sharp, then D.
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And then the scale,
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Or whatever you wanna play.
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You can try it one oct, octave higher up.
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E, C Sharp, D.
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Here, up here.
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So as you can see using the C sharp as
an approach note is a really good tool, if
you can use while improvising of D Dorian.
Or a Dorian in any key by the way.
Just like I did on the C, Ionian scale.
you can try to get to
know the fretboard and
play the D Dorian scale
on just one string.
Maybe do like this.
Same here on the fourth thing.
On, on the third
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On the second string.
On the first.
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Like that.
And that way you will get to
know the fret board really well.
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