C Dorian Mode Positions on Guitar (with Tabs) along with Speed Building Licks

This is a short lesson that shows you how to derive a Dorian mode with the root note as C and also playing it on different positions of the fretboard where you can play this mode.

I have also included some licks on one of the positions of the mode that will help you build speed.

We have already discussed the concept of modes in one of the earlier lessons. Please do check it out (by clicking the link) to get an idea about modes before proceeding with this lesson.

We can derive modes in 2 different ways, relative and parallel.

  • In the relative method, a scale is used to derive the 7 modes by making each note of the scale as the root for each mode.

For e.g. if you want to derive the modes using the relative method, you would take a scale, say C Major Scale and derive all the 7 modes by taking each note on it as the root for each mode, in the following manner,

C – Ionian

D – Dorian

E – Phrygian

F – Lydian

G – Mixolydian

A – Aeolian

B – Locrian

Whereas in the parallel method, the root notes remain the same, as seen below,

C – Ionian

C- Dorian

C – Phrygian

C- Lydian

C- Mixolydian

C- Aeolian

C – Locrian

Dorian Mode Formula

The formula for deriving the Dorian Mode is 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7.

Take the root as C and apply this formula (starting from C to B) which gives us the C Dorian mode as C D Eb F G A Bb.

The formula in terms of scale interval is W H W W W H W

C Dorian Mode on Different Positions

I have provided the Tabs as well as the notes on the fretboard for each position so that it will be easier for you to understand.

C Dorian Mode on 3rd Position of A String on Guitar with open strings

C Dorian Mode on 3rd Position of A String on Guitar

C Dorian Scale on Guitar Starting on 8th Position

C Dorian Scale on Guitar Starting on 8th Position

C Dorian Scale on Guitar Starting on 15th Position

C Dorian Scale on Guitar Starting on 15th Position

[Video Lesson] In-depth Study of Dorian Mode

I’ve stumbled upon this fantastic lesson on Dorian Mode that explores this mode sufficiently and offers insightful tips on how to plug it in practical musical contexts. Watch it, it’s worth your time!

Speed Building Licks

Here are the tabs for an easy speed building licks on this mode that you can practice in the 3rd position.

It’s easy to replicate these licks in all other positions which you will understand once you learn this one.

Speed Building Licks on Guitar on C Dorian Scale

Groovy C Dorian Backing Track

Here is a funky backing track that you can use to practice the C Dorian mode.

Conclusion

Well, frankly, speed on the guitar won’t come in a day or two; it takes regular and consistent practice for months or even years on end.

So be at it, never give up and devote at least half an hour to one hour daily for productive guitar practice. Set practical goals and work towards it, and use your practice time effectively.

Set practical goals and work hard towards it, and use your practice time effectively.

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