D Dorian Mode Solo

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hello GMC! Today I recorded a solo using my first collaboration’s backing track called "Modern Rocker Collaboration". This backing is in D Dorian key and I used this mode to compose the solo. I found this backing very amazing to practice improvisation to and that’s why after many plays I decided to record some ideas. Then I decided to use it as an example of how to use the Dorian mode to compose solos and melodies.

    The Dorian mode is one of the seven Greek modes and is basically a minor scale with the 6th degree major. So if you only know all the minor Aeolian positions you just have to make the 6th Major (One fret up). This song is in D Dorian that means that the 6th is B instead of Bb. This note gives the main quality to the sound of this mode.

    This solo is not difficult so it will be great for beginner and intermediate players but also for those advanced player that don’t use the Greek modes in their playing. You can find the last part of this lesson in the final mix of the collaboration so check it in the collaboration Forum because you’ll find the great participation 7 GMC’ers. Remember that I in my new lessons I put the backing track’s chord progression on screen and in this case I divided the lesson in Verse and Chorus.

    Tempo: 105 bpm


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