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Dorian Mode

The Dorian Mode originally ascended from D to D'

Reference Scale:

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 1'
Note C C# D D# E F F# G G# A A# B C
Note C Db D Eb E F Gb G Ab A Bb B C

Use this table to construct the mode starting on any note, using the pattern of intervals below.

Dorian Mode:

  I   II   III   IV   V   VI   VII   VIII
    Tone   Semitone   Tone   Tone   Tone   Semitone   Tone  
Note D   E   F   G   A   B   C   D

This pattern of intervals: T-S-T-T-T-S-T* is the characteristic of the Dorian mode, and is a Minor scale (because of the flattened third note).

Because the mode is characterised by its interval structure, you can start on any note and progress with the same intervals to produce a Dorian mode in that 'key'.


This would be 'G Dorian':

  I   II   III   IV   V   VI   VII   VIII
    Tone   Semitone   Tone   Tone   Tone   Semitone   Tone  
Note G   A   Bb(A#)   C   D   E   F   G

Examples of tunes in Dorian Mode are The Star of Munster, Cooley's, Scarborough Fair, The Ships are Sailing, Pigeon on the Gate and Drunken Sailor.


* T = Whole Tone, S = Semitone