Dorian Mode

    🎨 A visual reference to the Dorian mode (aka Dorian scale), which is the 2nd mode of the major scale. The Dorian mode is created from the major scale by flattening the 3rd and 7th scale degrees. The Dorian mode is minor-sounding and sounds smooth and jazzy.

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    Dorian Mode: Reference Table

    First, a reference table for the Dorian mode/scale for all the keys. The keys are in order of 5ths, as with the circle of fifths. This illustrates the close relationship between keys that are a 5th distance apart.

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    CDE♭FGAB♭C
    GAB♭CDEFG
    DEFGABCD
    ABCDEF♯GA
    EF♯GABC♯DE
    BC♯DEF♯G♯AB
    F♯G♯ABC♯D♯EF♯
    D♭E♭F♭G♭A♭B♭C♭D♭
    A♭B♭C♭D♭E♭FG♭A♭
    E♭FG♭A♭B♭CD♭E♭
    B♭CD♭E♭FGA♭B♭
    FGA♭B♭CDE♭F

    And now for each of the keys/scales in more detail. Tip: click the lock icon to trigger the chords of that key using buttons 1 through 7 on your keyboard.

    C Dorian

    notes: C D E♭ F G A B♭

    relative key: B♭ major

    • C
    • D
    • E♭
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B♭
    • C

    chords in the key of C Dorian

    D Dorian

    notes: D E F G A B C

    relative key: C major

    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D

    chords in the key of D Dorian

    E Dorian

    notes: E F♯ G A B C♯ D

    relative key: D major

    • E
    • F♯
    • G
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E

    chords in the key of E Dorian

    F Dorian

    notes: F G A♭ B♭ C D E♭

    relative key: D♯ major

    • F
    • G
    • A♭
    • B♭
    • C
    • D
    • E♭
    • F

    chords in the key of F Dorian

    G Dorian

    notes: G A B♭ C D E F

    relative key: F major

    • G
    • A
    • B♭
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G

    chords in the key of G Dorian

    A Dorian

    notes: A B C D E F♯ G

    relative key: G major

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F♯
    • G
    • A

    chords in the key of A Dorian

    B Dorian

    notes: B C♯ D E F♯ G♯ A

    relative key: A major

    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F♯
    • G♯
    • A
    • B

    chords in the key of B Dorian

    C♯ / D♭ Dorian

    C♯ Dorian: C♯ D♯ E F♯ G♯ A♯ B

    D♭ Dorian: D♭ E♭ F♭ G♭ A♭ B♭ C♭

    relative key: B major

    • C♯
    • D♯
    • E
    • F♯
    • G♯
    • A♯
    • B
    • C

    chords in the key of C Dorian

    D♯ / E♭ Dorian

    D♯ Dorian: D♯ E♯ F♯ G♯ A♯ B♯ C♯

    E♭ Dorian: E♭ F G♭ A♭ B♭ C D♭

    relative key: C♯ major

    • D♯
    • E♯
    • F♯
    • G♯
    • A♯
    • B♯
    • C
    • D♯

    chords in the key of D Dorian

    F♯ / G♭ Dorian

    F♯ Dorian: F♯ G♯ A B C♯ D♯ E

    G♭ Dorian: G♭ A♭ B♭♭ C♭ D♭ E♭ F♭

    relative key: E major

    • F♯
    • G♯
    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D♯
    • E
    • F♯

    chords in the key of F Dorian

    G♯ / A♭ Dorian

    G♯ Dorian: G♯ A♯ B C♯ D♯ E♯ F♯

    A♭ Dorian: A♭ B♭ C♭ D♭ E♭ F G♭

    relative key: F♯ major

    • G♯
    • A♯
    • B
    • C
    • D♯
    • E♯
    • F♯
    • G♯

    chords in the key of G Dorian

    B♭ / A♯ Dorian

    B♭ Dorian: B♭ C D♭ E♭ F G A♭

    A♯ Dorian: A♯ B♯ C♯ D♯ E♯ F♯♯ G♯

    relative key: G♯ major

    • B♭
    • C
    • D♭
    • E♭
    • F
    • G
    • A♭
    • B♭

    chords in the key of B♭ Dorian


    piano samples

    The piano samples used here are from “Salamander Grand Piano V3” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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