The Dorian Mode : Soloing Approaches to the Dorian Mode
The following lesson analyses the first of the approaches outlined in the previous lesson that we use to dissect the Dorian Mode. Each approach, (intervals, triads etc) represents one level of depth we can investigate to create melodic ideas. Think of each approach as a different layer of increasing melodic complexity. All of the ideas can be freely combined in order to make a solo. Try each idea over the Dorian backing track from the before to get a feel for the texture of each melodic concept.
2 Note Intervals
Dorian Mode in 3rds
As we mentioned in the previous lesson an interval is the distance between two notes and we can practice interval jumps between two notes at a time.
Dorian Mode in 4ths
Dorian Mode in 5ths
Dorian Mode in 6ths
Dorian Mode in 7ths
It is also effective to try reversing certain interval patterns, for example, play one 3rd ascending and one 3rd descending:
Dorian Mode in 3rds Ascending
Dorian Mode in 3rds Descending
This kind of permutation approach can be of real benefit when you want to create new licks or lines and can be applied to any of the above interval distances.
I am a big fan of using 4ths and 6ths in Dorian. In the next lesson, we will examine how to use arpeggios and triads to create an extremely intelligent sound when soloing with the Dorian mode.
In lesson 4, we will examine how to use arpeggios and triads to create an extremely intelligent sound when soloing with the Dorian mode.
by Joseph Alexander
The Practical guide to Modern Guitar Theory, complete with over 2.5 Hours of audio tracks begins with simple major scale construction, it's 3 and 4 note harmonisations, and common chord sequences, to a deep and structured dissection of all the modes of the major scale.
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