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Watch the A Dorian Progression online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from The Modal Alchemist

An A Dorian progression utilizes the chords derived from the G major scale but resolves to the tonal center of the II chord A minor/A minor 7th. (Or variations, extensions thereof).

Here's the progression we are going to play II - IV - V - II - I - V - II A minor 11 - C - D - A minor 11 - G - D/F#.

I chose to use an A minor 11 chord for my II chord resolution and you'll see that I alternate the use of inversions of the IV and V chord too. The use of chord extensions and inversions doesn't change the quality of the chord and its function in the key or the progression, so just be aware of that and experiment for yourself when creating your own Dorian chord progression.

Play along with me in the next video to solidify this Dorian groove before checking out my solo.