More Dorian Mode Guitar Licks For Awesome Guitar Solos
The Dorian Mode is one of the most important sounds any musician needs to master. There are many reasons why it is vital you learn the sounds and how to visualise the Dorian mode on the guitar fretboard.
The licks below will give you some new ideas and will inspire you to create your own sounds.
How To Practise The Dorian Mode
The best way to practise any scale is to use it. As I always say to my students - "don't practise scales to get good at playing scales. Practise scales to get good at playing music".
I have always asked my students to search for Dorian backing tracks on YouTube when experimenting with the scale. The problem is that many backing tracks are not purely Dorian.
I recently created a Dorian backing track for jamming purposes and uploaded it to YouTube. Not only is the track great for hearing the sound of the Dorian mode, but I have also included text that you can follow along whilst playing that explains all you need to know about the Dorian mode.
Admittedly, the track is not the most musically inspiring, funky sonic experience that you might get from some backing tracks, although it is perfect for learning the sound and fingerings of the Dorian mode.
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A Dorian Intervals 7ths
This Dorian lick uses slides and extra notes around diatonic 7th intervals to create a melodically interesting phrase.
This idea can easily be transferred to other scale types and is a great way to work on practising scales horizontally along the guitar fretboard.
The lick is closely related to common 6th licks that are played in many styles of music, although the intervallic jumps are diatonic 7ths in this example.
Dorian Minor Pentatonic Lick
Unorthodox pentatonic scales anyone?
Most guitarists are familiar with traditional major and minor pentatonic scales. A pentatonic scale is a scale consisting of 5 notes, so why stick to what guitarists would normally choose?
This pentatonic scale is specifically Dorian as it creates a great sound without using the entirety of the Dorian mode.
When I was young, I thought that seven-note scales were superior to 5 note scales as there are more notes, so they must be better. I learnt later that it is the space between the notes that is just as important as the notes themselves. That was a wake-up call and it opened up a whole new world of melodic ideas.
Dorian Sequence - 5 Notes
Sequences with odd numbers of notes always sound interesting. Regular and boring-sounding sequences can often be brought to life by adding or removing notes to the sequence.
This lick is trickier to play than it first seems. It does, however, sound awesome!
Definitely work this sequence into your guitar playing by using it with a variety of scale sounds and you will inject instant creativity into your melodic lines.
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