Dorian Scale
rooted ⇓ on the 2nd of the key

E A D G B e

⇓ o o o o ⇓

| | | | | |

o o ⇓ o o o

o | | | o o

| o o | | |



*move-able example

E A D G B e

⇓ o o o | |

| | | | | |

o o ⇓ o o o

o | | | o o

| o o o | |

| | | | ⇓ o


*3 notes per string

e| 5 - 7 8 -

B| 5 - 7 8 -

G| 5 - 7 - -

D| 5 - 7 - 9

A| 5 - 7 - 9

E| 5 - 7 8 -



*example in the key of G


Finger Picking Notes

Run the the scale, ascending and descending, using the following patterns. You can add variations not listed.


Picking Notes

Run the the scale, ascending and descending, using the following patterns. You can add variations not listed.


Scale Placement

Remember that the first note roots the scale. Try the scale in several locations to reinforce your knowledge of note locations on the low E string. For example: 3rd fret G note, 5th fret A note, 7th fret B note, 8th fret C note, 10th fret D note. Also, try the scale in the open position and an octave higher on the 12th fret.


Musical Key and Chords

The Dorian scale is the 2nd scale. This means the scale begins on the 2nd note of the major scale of the musical key. Chords are used with this scale: minor, minor seven, minor eleven.