C Dorian Scale: Theory & Ear Training

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The Dorian Scale has a primitive, 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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Study-Practice Tip: It is helpful, and musically-appropriate, to think of the Dorian Scale as the minor version of the Mixolydian Scale. A E (Mi) gives the Mixolydian Scale a major flavor, the Eb (Me) is gives the Dorian Scale a minor flavor.


Real-World Examples of the Dorian Scale in Action…

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Evil Ways (Santana)

So What (Miles Davis) Tonality: D Dorian

Too Late Baby (Carol King) Tonality: A Dorian

Riders on the Storm (The Doors) Tonality: E Dorian


Ear Training

Reading, playing, and singing the Solfege syllables out loud is an extremely effective way to internalize the unique sound-feeling of each note in the scale.

C Dorian Scale: Linear Ascending

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C Dorian Scale: Linear Descending

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C Dorian Scale: Do-X-Do Ascending…

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C Dorian Scale: Do-X-Do Descending

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learn more… C Lydian Scale: Theory & Ear Training