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D Dorian Mode

This guitar scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and parent scale for the D Dorian mode. For an overview of all the major scale modes, see Basics of Guitar Modes.

Notes of D Dorian

D Dorian is the second mode of the C major scale and is a minor mode. It’s the only Dorian mode that contains all natural notes with no sharps or flats.

D – E – F – G – A – B – C

D Dorian Formula

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMinor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMajor 6thMinor 7th
NotesDEFGABC

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the D Dorian mode.

Position 1

Fretboard diagram for D dorian scale, position 1
Guitar tab D dorian mode, position 1

Position 2

Fretboard diagram for D dorian scale, position 2
Guitar tab D dorian mode, position 2

Position 3

Fretboard diagram for D dorian scale, position 3
Guitar tab D dorian mode, position 3

Position 4

Fretboard diagram for D dorian scale, position 4
Guitar tab D dorian mode, position 4

Position 5

Fretboard diagram for D dorian scale, position 5
Guitar tab D dorian mode, position 5

D Dorian Chords

DegreeiiiIIIIVvviĀ°VII
ChordDmEmFGAmBdimC
Chord NotesD – F – AE – G – BF – A – CG – B – DA – C – EB – D – FC – E – G

Parent Scale

The parent scale of D Dorian is the C major scale (Ionian mode).

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