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Improvise in Dorian Mode

Introduction

(For more information about building modes, see Understanding Modal Harmony.)

The Dorian mode is similar to the minor scale, but with a ♮6. A Dorian vamp will tend to focus on the ♮6 sound as much as possible. Often with a Imin6 as the tonic chord.

The three backing tracks presented here offer the chance to improvise in A minor only, (“A”), A dorian only (“B”) and a track that switches back and forth between the two (“AB”).

The Chord Progression

Note that there are three tracks: one for “A”, one for “B”, and one for “AB”.

A Aeolian (Minor)

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a natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
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f natural
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b natural
d natural
a natural
e natural
b natural
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c natural
g natural
f natural
c natural
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e natural
b natural
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A Dorian

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a natural
c natural
g natural
d natural
a natural
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b natural
f sharp, g flat
d natural
a natural
e natural
b natural
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c natural
g natural
c natural
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e natural
b natural
f sharp, g flat
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Track “A” — A Minor Only

Use only the A minor scale to improvise.

Track “B” — A Dorian Only

Use only the A Dorian scale to improvise.

Track “AB” — A Minor, A Dorian

Switch back and forth between A minor and A Dorian. Listen carefully for the change.

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