Mode Construction | Dorian Mode (2 of 7)

The notes of Dorian mode are essentially the same as the notes of a natural minor scale with the exception of a raised sixth scale degree. For this reason, Dorian mode can be used in both Major and minor settings.

Here are the notes of an A minor scale.

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If we raise the sixth scale degree, F, one half step to the note F-sharp, we will have changed the scale from A minor to A Dorian.

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Likewise, the sixth scale degree of an E minor scale is the note C natural.

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If we raised that note one half step to the note C-sharp we w