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Harmonica Lessons: 3rd Position Basic: Dorian Mode Scales and Exercises

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So for Dorian modal playing,
it's nice to practice
a scale, so
And just like when you practice your
scale from the fourth hole blow
in first position In the Dorian mode
you are going to have to play those
two drawn notes in a row, except instead
of them being between the 6th and
7th notes of the scale, since we are up
a step, they are between the 5th and
6th notes of the scale, so
Between A and B which is six draw and
seven draw, you just slide.
And then we play seven blow and
the last note is eight draw.
So to play this scale,
it goes between four draw and
eight draw, covers those holes.
It covers one more hole than
the C major scale because the D,
the high D is on the eighth hole.
Draw, so,
You notice how this mode actually
creates a mood and a feeling, and
I wasn't playing it particularly
wistfully, but the words mood and
mode are related to each other
because the modes do create moods.
And these things are very prominent
when you start playing Indian music and
things that we'll get into
at more advanced levels.
So I would practice
this mode,
The same as we did
in the key of C,
now we're in D Dorian.
We're doing that leapfrog thing.
We're going D,
F, E, G, F, A, G, B, A, C.
B, D, C, E, D, I'm trying to give you
the names of the notes as well
as the numbers of the holes.
Because eventually, the idea is to start
thinking of what you're playing as notes.
Just like everyone does on every
other instrument, instead of as,
the fourth hole blow,
which no one does on any other instrument.
And to learn,
really learn music on the harmonica,
it's good to know what
notes you're playing.
You can keep going
as far as you want.
Start at the top at eight draw, go down.
Can you have that little great divide
between six and seven, where the two
noteseerything gets all crossed up.
Seven blow, six draw,
seven draw, six blow,
and now we're back to our regular scheme
of draw, draw, blow, blow [SOUND] blow
And then if you want to
practice the
You almost hear melodies and
songs in there.
Sounds like maybe some classical pieces or
some minor key fiddle tunes.
And for chordal
vamping in the Dorian mode,
we're some what limited.
The reason why is that the only
place where the D minor
chord that this key is in D minor.
But the only place that we can play
that chord is from the fourth hole to
the sixth hole.
And we can play the C chord like
the Gilligan's Island theme.
[LAUGH] It's found in lots of Irish music,
and it's supposed to sound vaguely
Irish or English, like a sea shanty.
Because if you look at the keyboard,
you'll see that the D minor chord,
[SOUND], and the C major chord,
[SOUND], are right next to each other.
On the harmonica, they're right there,
four, five, six, draw.
and four, five, six, blow.
So those are the pretty much the chords
the main two chords of the Dorian mode.
We can get the G chord too.
Slots are rocked
as soon as you use those,
that use those chords.
And lots of Latin music and
things like a lot of Santana's
tunes are in the Dorian mode.
So this is a very useful
key to know how to play in.
And you should get very familiar
with it and very comfortable.