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Jazz Sax Lessons: Soloing Straight Ahead: Using the Dorian Mode

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Here, now, is a straight ahead
track for you over the Dorian mode.
It's in the key of D concert.
So I've got my tenor with me this time.
So I'm playing an E minor, E Dorian,
which actually means E minor.
We'll get to that in a second.
But if you're playing alto or
baritone, then you're going to
be playing over B, or B minor.
So the Dorian mode, the Dorian Scale
is one that is fantastic
to use over minor chords.
How simple is that?
It's a minor scale, essentially, that has
your flat third, and a flat seventh, but
the natural sixth.
So it's got that cool typical minor sound.
As opposed to, you know,
melodic minor which other uses.
For the natural minor, which we've gotten
into already, or that harmonic minor,
you know, the Dorian is sort of,
I don't know, for me it seems
to be the go to mode for minor.
This is sort of the main one,
the main mode to think about, or
the main scale,
when you're playing over minor chords.
For me, I always think that the other
three versions of minor scales,
the natural minor, harmonic minor,
and melodic minor are unusual.
Because the melodic minor and
harmonic minor have that major seven.
So it's cool, but
it's more of a passing tone sometimes,
unless the chord indicates
like a minor major seven.
And then the natural minor does
have that flat seventh but
it also have the flat sixth.
Which is also kind of can sound like
an unusual note to land on a lot times.
Not so much when you're
talking about Phrygian scales.
But, we'll get into that on the next one.
So, I'm gonna play.
I'm pointing at something,
there's nothing actually there.
I'm just gonna play off
the top of my head.
We're gonna improvise over this track.
You know.
Obviously, the track is there for
you to to wail with.
So I'm gonna play just as an example,
but needless to say I'm encouraging you
not only to work with the track and play,
I'd love to hear you play over this one.
This is a cool Milesy kind of a track.
Love to hear what you're doing with that.
So, I'm gonna start off a little simpler,
and get into it a little more deeply.
This track is pretty long.
It lasts for
about a minute and 45 seconds.
So you've got some room to work here.
So here is our Dorian minor mode track.