Some words about the Melodic Minor in Dorian Mode.
The backing track is a simple Im7 to IV7 in E Dorian Modal Scale (Em7 to A7)
The concept behind these licks is to create melodic tension using the E melodic minor scale (you can see it as the A lydian dominant) over the A7 chord of the classic Im7 – IV7 dorian chord progression.
You can also use these licks to develop your Legato, Hybrid Picking Sweep Picking technique.
The Melodic Minor scale is built from the following intervals : 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
So the notes of E melodic minor scale would be : E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D# and E.
If we take a look at the notes of the E Dorian modal scale we would see that only one note differs this scale from the E Dorian Modal scale, and this would be the note D#.
● E dorian modal scale : E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D, E
● E melodic minor scale : E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D#, E
So why and how can I blend those two scales?
If we harmonize the Melodic Minor scale we will come up with the following chords :
Im IIm bIII+ IV V VImb5 VIImb5
Now if we compare those chords to the harmonized Dorian Modal scale we will get this:
● E dorian modal scale : Em, F#m, G, A, Bm, C#mb5, D, Em
● E melodic minor scale : Em, F#m, G#5, A, B, C#mb5, D#mb5, Em
As you can see there are four identical chords between those two scales and luckily enough the chords that make the essential dorian progression (Em – A) are both used by the two scales as well.
So for the A(7) chord of the dorian progression you can create even more tension by using the E melodic minor scale (or the A lydian dominant scale which is the exact same thing as the A lydian dominant scale is the fourth mode of E melodic minor.)
How to make your own licks using the concept.
The easiest way to use this concept is to add the note that differs the two scales (in E dorian the note is the D# instead of the D) to the A7 arpeggio. This way you will end up with an A7#11 arpeggio which will hopefully give you the disired effect.
Another easy way to create the same effect is by altering the D (b7) note with a D#(7) in the licks that you already have for the E dorian mode above the A7.
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