In this lesson I’ll show three pentatonic scales to soloing with in the Dorian mode.
I’ll be in the key of A minor (Dorian). The common pentatonic scale in that key is the A minor pentatonic scale. That’s the first scale to come up when one starts to soloing in most cases. But there are two more to use and there are the B and the E minor pentatonic scales in the Dorian mode.
An easy way to figure out these scales is to play the minor pentatonic scale (Root – minor 3rd – perfect 4th – perfect 5th – minor 7th) from the root tone (A), from the 2nd tone (B) and from the 5th tone (E) in the Dorian scale.
If you look at the tones in the three pentatonic scales you’ll see that they’re all included in the Dorian scale. So why not say that you’re soloing with the Dorian scale then? When I’m soloing and have the pentatonic scales in mind and playing phrases with these scales mixed I get a certain sound that I don’t get when I’m just having the Dorian scale in mind. That’s my simple answer and I think you must try it to feel the difference.
A good start to be used with this kind of playing is to compose your own phrases. In the video lesson I’ll show one composed phrase. You’ll see it in the note/tab below. In that phrase I’ll go from Am to Em to Bm and back to Am pentatonic scale.
You can download the tab/note to the phrase here!
Eric Johnson and Scott Hendersson are two among other guitar players that uses this in the playing quite much. I’ll recommend to listen to them and get some inspiration. Listen and find your own way in this and I’ll promise that it’ll be great fun to soloing with three pentatonic scales in the Dorian mode.
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