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Watch the Dorian Lick online guitar lesson by Tom Dempsey from Jazz Scales Handbook

Now that we're starting to understand how to play the Dorian mode, let's take a look at a musical idea that is derived from this sound.

In this lesson, I'll show you an eight measure musical idea that comes from the Dorian sound. You'll see how being aware of not only the notes of the mode, but how to cadence your line toward chord tones really helps to bring out the sound of this particular mode. You can take this idea and apply it to many of the tunes we have mentioned, including "Impressions" and "So What".