Dorian Flat 2 Mode “Improvisation” Techniques

Dorian b2 Mode of the Melodic Minor Scale

Dorian b2 Mode

C Dorian b2 Mode

Two octaves; Tab and Notation

To Begin with let’s look at the arpeggios of the Dorian b2 mode. Notice the Two Major arpeggios.

Dorian b2 Mode Arpeggios

They are E flat Major and F Major

We can immediately make Triad Pairs from them

Dorian b2 Triad Pairs

Going the opposite way

Dorian b2 triad pairs

We can Sharpen the 5th and create a more exotic and colourful sound

Dorian b2 triad pairs

We can add Gm7b5 and Am7b5 to the Major or F aug arpeggio

Dorian b2 Triad/Arpeggios

We can employ the B flat minor 9 major 7th arpeggio

Dorian b2 Melodic Minor

Here we can add it to the F major arpeggio

Dorian b2 Melodic Minor

It is an even better idea to start the B flat minor 9 major 7th arpeggio on the tonic note of C

Dorian b2 Mode melodic minor

Here we will extend the Am7b5 part of the line

Am7b5 for Dorian b2 Mode

We can also make scales from the mode. Below is an example of creating a scale and then adding harmonic content with wider intervals like triads.

Making scales form Dorian b2 Mode

Making our own pentatonic scales from the mode works really well also.

Pentatonic from Dorian b2 Mode

Here is a short sus4 and aug Lick

Dorian b2 Mode lick

Another short lick

These are the basic chords of the Dorian b2 mode

Dorian b2 Mode Chords

Of course we can change the chords to make them more exotic and colourful

Dorian b2 mode chord variations

We also have the typical jazz fusion chords contained within the Dorian flat 2 mode of the melodic minor scale

Dorian b2 Chordal ideas

Below we create a very exotic colourful “‘al la” John Mclaughlin sound!

Dorian b2 mode chordal idea

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Contrapuntal Atonal Guitar string skipping intervallic Concept

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Contrapuntal Atonal Guitar Mirror Concept

Today we will look at a concept that I have been asked about a lot recently. This is a contrapuntal string skipping intervallic “Mirroring” technique. It is intervallic by design and employs a Bachian Atonal “Question and answer” effect between the “Bass and Treble” with wide intervals. The string skipping inherent within this works especially well for atonal music, awkward intervals and polytonal scales.

Idea 1

Atonal string skipping guitar “Mirroring”
Atonal string skipping guitar “Mirroring”

Idea 2

Atonal string skipping guitar “Mirroring” device

Idea 3

Atonal string skipping guitar “Mirroring”

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Creating the Dorian Mode Flavour

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dorian mode

The key to improvising is to do something creative with the melody. To recompose it or to broaden it out or to instinctively develop the harmony. Most people take to the modes though with a compulsion to play “Carte Blanche” scale over a chord ad nauseam.

In this Blog/Vlog we will look at some ideas for bringing out the actual flavour of the most talked about mode of them all the “Dorian Mode”.

Most people look at the dorian mode as being a scale of C major starting on the note D. But here is how it works.

ANSWER=D is one tone up from C for D Dorian, so C is one tone up from Bb for C Dorian.

C DORIAN MODE [D Dorian as people learn it]

Below we see the difference between C minor and C dorian. C minor has the semitone between the 6th and 5th whereas C Dorian has a tone between the 5th and 6th notes. Dorian Raises the 6th note up a semitone. Without the raised 6th note C would just sound minor and not dorian, so bringing out this 6th note [as it will be in a melody to imply that we are in the dorian mode] is essential to creating actual music and phrasing and not just playing a scale over a chord.

C DORIAN MODE and C Minor

In order to bring out that A natural note in C dorian an easy way is to employ an arpeggio like Bb major 7th. This is very useful, melodic and can be played in 4 note groupings.

Bb major 7th for C dorian Mode Improvising

Next we can employ some basic chord pairs.

C minor 7 and F major

Dorian Mode triad pairs

F major and Eb major

Dorian Mode triad pairs

Now we can broaden out on this with C minor and D minor

Dorian Mode Example of bringing out the flavour/sound

Bb and G minor

Dorian mode example for improvising arpeggios

We can also employ pentatonics to bring out the flavour [melody] of a tune.

Dorian Mode pentatonics example

Another example =Short pentatonic scale that ends/resolves with the A natural note [Raised 6th] and played in 4 note cells [Tetrachords]

Dorian Mode pentatonics example

Finally it’s a good idea to look at the arpeggios available that line up one after the other.

Dorian Mode Arpeggios

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Major Modal Guitar Ideas

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Modal Major Scale ideas for guitar video

F major 7th idea

Modal superimposition idea from the major modes

2 Modal Extension Ideas

Modal extension ideas of the major modes

Arpeggio line descending from the Major modes

Modal Descending Arpeggio line

Ascending Modal idea

Major Modal Ascending Idea

Pentatonic Simple Guitar fingering idea

Modal Guitar Pentatonic Idea

F Major 7th Ascending Arpeggio Idea

F Major 7th Modal Arpeggio Idea

MODES OF THE MAJOR SCALE DIAGRAM: With Transpositions in C

Modes of the major scale diagram
Modes of the major scale diagram

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Dave Liebman Chromatic Jazz Approach: Licks/Ideas.

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Here are some more chromatic ideas from the Dave Liebman approach

Idea 1

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 2

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 3

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 4

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 5

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 6

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

Idea 7

Dave Liebman Chromatic Approach Idea

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Goal Setting for Musicians: Writing down your goals!

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The key to rapid learning and reaping the rewards of quality progress for musicians is to set “Daily, Weekly, Monthly and Yearly Goals”.

The next most important step is to write these goals down. If you do this then you will enact them and get into the habit of enacting them with greater and greater clarity. It will also instill a natural discipline, inspirational outpouring and perseverance.

These are the books that I use, but any creative goal setting book will do because the days weeks and month are already laid out for you, all you have to do is fill it in with your objectives.

Goal setting for Musicians
Goal setting for Musicians

If you follow this then you will rise through the levels. Talent only takes you so far. For musical development discipline and hard work account for everything. Goal setting will take you there on pleasant terms and give you back that which you craved for at the outset.

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