L255 Em7 dorian lick 1st position

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The first of a series of licks in the 5 different positions of the Em7 dorian scale.

This is the minor scale that is used the most in rock, jax and funk , when playing over minor7 chords.

You can look at it as a mixolydan scale with a lowered third 1 2 b3 4 5 6 b7

Start with the first position using all the open strings, i play a lick using trills and hammerons

The lick ends with a GMaj9 arppegio (or an Em11 arpeggio starting on the third ),which ever way you want to look at it.

Remember that Em dorian is the 2 step of the D major scale, so you could try and play your D major scale or even better the G lydian scale (major scale with raised 4th)

Spelling out the dorian scale

Em dorian inspiration video (Tal Wilkenfeld)

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Johan Volman said,


January 31, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

I love Dorian, it’s my favorite mode. You can use it a lot.


lac_br21 said,


November 28, 2009 @ 8:19 pm

tks Marlowe, danks


hizzoner said,


November 18, 2009 @ 3:37 am

a good left hand workout when adding the vibrato…thanks


MMante said,


July 27, 2009 @ 4:17 pm

Its sound really good, but can you put out the background music your using?
Sure, is coming up later


flat.erik said,


July 27, 2009 @ 4:12 pm

sounds great over E7. i want more of it :)

thank you!


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