The Dorian b2 mode - Lesson with guitar diagrams
What's the Dorian b2 mode ?
The Dorian b2 scale, aka Dorian b9 is the second mode of the melodic minor scale. Like all the Dorian modes it is a minor family scale. The interval pattern is : Half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step, whole step giving the following formula : 1 - b2 (b9) - b3 - 4 (11) - 5 - 6 (13) - b7. The Dorian b2 scale is sometimes referred to as the Phrygian #6 scale because the formula is approximately the same as the Phrygian scale, the third mode of the melodic minor scale. Indeed, the Phrygian mode contains a minor sixth (b6) whereas the Dorian b2 has a major sixth (6). You can also think of this mode as the Dorian mode with a flattened second (or flattened ninth). However, the Dorian b9 mode is generally played over minor chords (m7, m11, m6) but can also be used over dominant 7sus4b9 chords.
|D Dorian b2 mode||D||Eb||F||G||A||B||C|
|Formula||1||b2 (b9)||b3||4 (11)||5||6 (13)||b7|
Dorian modes comparative table
|Dorian b2 mode||1||b2 (b9)||b3||X||4 (11)||5||6 (13)||b7|
|Dorian mode||1||2 (9)||b3||X||4 (11)||5||6 (13)||b7|
|Dorian #11 mode||1||2 (9)||b3||X||#4 (#11)||5||6 (13)||b7|
|Dorian bebop mode||1||2||b3||3||4 (11)||5||6 (13)||b7|
|Phrygian mode||1||b2 (b9)||3||X||4 (11)||5||b6 (b13)||b7|
Dorian b2 guitar diagrams
It is important to memorize the interval pattern and which jazz minor scale it comes from. For example, if we take the D dorian b2 mode (D-Eb-F-G-A-B-C) we can see it is the second degree of C minor melodic scale. This allows you to group similar scales together. The following neck diagrams show you how the dorian b9 looks like this on the guitar fretboard.
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Last edited: 08/12/2017