The dorian minor scale

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The Dorian minor scale (second of the 7 mode scales)
The minor scale often used in jazz/funk/rock/pop when playing over a single minor 7 chord
Many funktunes are built on 1 chord (ie Em7) or 2 chords (ie Em7 A7) progressions
The jazz tune “So what” by Miles Davis is composed using only the dorian minor scale (16 bars Dm7, 8 8 bars Ebm7, 8 bars Dm7)
I almost always use this for improvising on minor chords and for slapbass lines in minor, and i even use it over dominant 7 chords (ie E7) for a bluesy sound (the minor third instead of the major third)

Scale degrees/intervals, example in Cm:
C, tonic (1)
D, major second (2)
Eb, minor third (b3)
F, perfect fourth (4)
G, perfect fifth (5)
A, major sixth (6)
Bb, minor seventh (b7)

Scale formula:
Whole step – C to D
Half step – D to Eb
Whole step – Eb to F
Whole step – F to G
Whole step – G to A
Half step – A to Bb
Whole step – Bb to C

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JanJan said,

September 22, 2010 @ 5:35 pm

Thank you for this..

neil howarth said,

June 22, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

thank you!

L255 Em7 dorian lick 1st position | said,

July 27, 2009 @ 1:04 pm

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tony1024 said,

March 15, 2009 @ 5:32 am

Thank you for your love to others.

geddylee1970 said,

February 7, 2009 @ 12:27 am

Many, many thanx for showin’ me the right way…please, hold on’n’never stop!!!

vlad said,

October 2, 2008 @ 1:23 am

thank you for existing!

girlarms said,

September 28, 2008 @ 2:40 am

thanks fer my introduction to a dorian scale. have never knowingly played one before lol.btw can only dream of playing that fluently but will persevere thanks to this site.!!!

steve242 said,

September 18, 2008 @ 9:00 pm

I love these… a million thank yous!! For real.

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