dansm's guitar scale lessons
the dorian mode
the second note of the major scale
the dorian mode is the mode based on the second note of the major scale.
in the key of g, the dorian mode starts on a.
the a dorian scale looks like this (standard notation and one-string tab):

the scale box for the dorian mode looks like this:

to play this scale as the a dorian mode, play the box with the first note at the fifth fret.
on to the phrygian mode

back to the ionian mode

back to the major scale

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