C Dorian Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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The Dorian Scale has a darkish, minorish, sometimes jazzy quality that is widely used in Pop, Jazz, Rock, and Folk musics…

C Dorian Scale: Notation, Scale Degrees, Solfege & Keyboard Layout…

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Tip: The notes in the C Dorian Scale are the same as the C Mixolydian scale with one exception: Eb (Me) instead of E (Mi). Thus, it is useful, and musically-appropriate, to think of the Dorian Scale as the minor version of the Mixolydian scale.

Comparative Ear Training Tip: Play and sing the Dorian and Mixolydian scales side-by-side, slowly enough to hear the very distinct difference. Just as E (Mi) gives the Mixolydian scale a major flavor, the Eb (Me) is gives the Dorian scale a minor flavor.


Solfege Ear Training

Reading and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is a very effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in a musical scale.  Here are are some suggested patterns for doing so…

C Dorian Scale: Linear

Ascending…

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Descending…


C Dorian Scale: Do-X-Do

Ascending…

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Descending…

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Tip: Many other patterns are possible as well, but at this point your time is better spent going right to the kinds of music that YOU want to play for your study-practice material.

learn more… C Major Pentatonic Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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