Modal Pentatonics: Dorian - Part 3

by David Wallimann

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  • Welcome to the third lesson of the Modal pentatonic series. In the last lessons we discussed how we could use the pentatonic formula (Root, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th) and apply it to the modes. Today we will use that concept over an A Dorian scale and combine that pentatonic scale with the full Dorian scale to create a melodic solo.

    For the Dorian mode, we need to add a Major 6th. In order to still keep our scale pentatonic (5 notes), we need to eliminate one of the notes to replace it with the Major 6th.

    Let’s eliminate the closest note from the 6th. We have 2 options here and can eliminate either the 5th or the 7th. Both choices will work. Let’s keep the 5th and replace the min 7th with the Major 6th.

    The Dorian pentatonic will include the following notes:

    min 3rd
    Major 6th

    Memorize the scales and work in tempo with precision.

    Once you are comfortable with the licks, try to write your own using the provided scales.

    Have fun!


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