Dorian Mode Harmonized with Triads

by Alejandro Pinero

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  • Hi Friends! Today we continue working with the modes harmonized with triads. Now it’s time for the Dorian mode.

    In this case we have to learn the minor 7th arpeggio well and then you have to add the major second, perfect fourth and major sixth. The major sixth is the most important note in this mode or the characteristic note.

    If we play the major scale starting at the second note of the scale and we finishing at the same note, we have the Dorian mode. The next step is harmonizing the notes of the arpeggio with triads! And you have to do this work in all the neck.

    The Dorian mode is composed by the root, major second, minor third, perfect fourth, perfect fifth, major sixth and minor seventh.

    We study the different boxes of this scale like in the other lessons. First starting in the fifth string of the guitar in note D (Dm chord), this box is to the back of the neck, then starting in the same string but to the front. Now is the turn of the sixth string in note D to the back of the neck and then in the same string but to the front, and the last one in fourth string.

    In this mode I use a chromatic note between the seventh and the root.

    Here I harmonize any note of the arpeggio with triads. This means that now you can play a melody harmonize at the same time!

    I recommend practicing any box very well and pay attention to any notes!

    You can do this work in different keys for better results.

    I hope you enjoy this lesson!

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