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Watch the Dorian Mode online guitar lesson by David Grissom from Open Road Guitar

For minor chord progressions my default mode most of the time will be the Dorian scale which is the second degree of a major scale. In the previous section we looked at the D major scale functioning as an A mixolydian scale. Here we will use the same concept, by sticking with using the D major scale and fingerings over an Em7 vamp. Listen to my example to hear the sound of the scale. As you can see I didn't play anything other than the notes of D major but I resolved to E. I hope the concept of memorizing your movable major scale fingerings helps to demystify the modes. It is of course important to develop your ear and muscle memory but I find this concept is very helpful.