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How to be almost as cool as Miles by learning about

The Portrait of Dorian Mode

a lesson in elementary improvisation for all instruments

The dorian mode, sexy, magnetic, cool as a cucumber in the crisper drawer of your Amana fridge, just altogether the hippest thing since Miles hired Coltrane to play 45 minute saxophone solos.

And it's not hard. If you have a piano, go to it now. See the white notes? play something on just those notes. You have just experienced the magic that is the dorian mode. You have played a C major scale, but the dorian mode is exactly the same thing, just starting on the second note of the scale, which in this case is D.

Now here is a question you are going to hate... DO YOU KNOW YOUR MAJOR SCALES???? I THOUGHT not. You naughty naughty music students. Anyway, if you know your major scales, you also automatically know all your dorian modes. It's like a giant two for one sale at the Dollar General. Actually, it's a seven in one sale, but we will get into that later.


Ok, the Dorian Mode is a kind of minor scale. Below are scales for the D dorian mode, for all instruments. Learn it, absorb it, be it. Then you can play the little ditty I have written cleverly called The Portrait of Dorian Mode. Playing the melody will give you a little idea of what the mode sounds like. And the great thing is that it stays sexy and handsome without even an aging picture in it's basement. After you've played the melody, just jam on the dorian scale. Everything you play will sound good, because if you play that scale, there are no wrong notes! How often does THAT happen in music.

Have fun, and if you have any questions, comments, or criticisms of my remedial humor, email me.


 

And now, without further ado, or adont even, the famous, fabulous, musician-friendly DORIAN MODE

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Once you feel good about the scale, play the tune, and then jam along with the midi tracks. Don't be nervous, there are only millions of people watching your every move.

Dorian Mode for C Instruments Dorian Mode for Bb Instruments
Dorian Mode for Eb Instruments Dorian Mode for Bass Clef Instr.

Play along with this very hip midi file by clicking here

 

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Play along with this very hip midi file by clicking here

 

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Play along with this very hip midi file by clicking here

 

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Play along with this very hip midi file by clicking here

 

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