MEAT & POTATOES: IONIAN MODE

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D minor arpeggio and D dorian mode box shapes

In BLOGoZON No.31 the box shapes for the D DORIAN MODE were presented using the CAGED octaves methodology along with the undelying 4-note arpeggio for D MINOR SIXTH.

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In this weeks BLOGoZON the box shapes for the D dorian mode are revisited but this time the undelying
3-note chord/arpeggio is presented i.e. D minor.

The CAGED octaves sequence is shown for D natural in the diagram that follows:-

DCAGE octaves D natural notes over entire fingerboard

GuitarPro6 D natural octaves

The diagrams that follow shows all of the D dorian mode notes plotted over the 6-string guitar's

fretboard in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard D dorian mode notes

DCAGE octaves D dorian mode fingerboard notes

A more long term solution to fretboard navigation is to see scales/modes/arpeggios as INTERVAL shapes rather than note names - as these are universal to all scales, modes, arpeggios and chords rather than specific to one particular root note - with this in mind the intervals for the D dorian mode
are detailed below in the CAGED octaves manner:-

DCAGE octaves fingerboard D dorin mode intervals

All scales and modes have an underlying triad - 3 note chord - that defines their tonality.

In the case of the D dorian mode this is the D minor arpeggio - hence the notes for a D minor arpeggio

are presented in both the Guitar Pro and CAGED octaves styles:-

GuitarPro6 fingerboard D minor arpeggio notes

DCAGE octaves fingerboard D minor arpeggio notes

Similarly the intervals forming a D minor arpeggio are shown next:-

DCAGE octaves fingerboard D minor arpeggio intervals

The tables and tabbed panels below detail all five box shapes for the D dorian mode and the
D minor arpeggio in the CAGED octaves style.


DCAGE octaves - D dorian mode box shapes

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D dorian mode 4Dm2 box shape pdf
D dorian mode 5Cm2 box shape pdf
D dorian mode 5Am3 box shape pdf
D dorian mode 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
D dorian mode 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
D dorian mode 4Dm2 box shape at fret 12 pdf

  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2 at 12


  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2 at 12

D dorian mode 4Dm2 box shape

D dorian mode 5Cm2 box shape

D dorian mode 5Am3 box shape

D dorian mode 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

D dorian mode 6Em4Em1 box shape

D dorian mode 4Dm2 box shape at fret 12



DCAGE octaves - D minor arpeggio box shapes

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D minor arpeggio 4Dm2 box shape pdf
D minor arpeggio 5Cm2 box shape pdf
D minor arpeggio 5Am3 box shape pdf
D minor arpeggio 6Gm3Gm1 box shape pdf
D minor arpeggio 6Em4Em1 box shape pdf
D minor arpeggio 4Dm2 box shape at fret 12 pdf

  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2 at 12


  • 4Dm2
  • 5Cm2
  • 5Am3
  • 6Gm3Gm1
  • 6Em4Em1
  • 4Dm2 at 12

D minor arpeggio 4Dm2 box shape

D minor arpeggio 5Cm2 box shape

D minor arpeggio 5Am3 box shape

D minor arpeggio 6Gm3Gm1 box shape

D minor arpeggio 6Em4Em1 box shape

D minor arpeggio 4Dm2 box shape at fret 12


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