Solo in the style of Robben Ford and Josh Smith with this primer on Dorian blues-rock leads

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In this lesson, our topic is the Dorian mode. Modes are the scales generated when a ‘parent’ scale is started on each of its different notes. The Major scale has seven modes. Ionian is mode 1 – so that’s the Major scale itself.

Mode 2 runs from the second degree of the Major scale – in the key of C, that note is D. Creating a mode starting on D gives us D-E-F-G-A-B-C, and D Dorian works over a Dm7 chord.

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Andy G Jones

A professional guitarist for many years, Andy G Jones has played with Van Morrison, James Ingram, Lamont Dozier, Queen (Brian May and Roger Taylor), Robben Ford, Billy Cobham, John Illsley (Dire Straits), KT Tunstall, Albert Lee (featured on Andy's upcoming CD), Mike Finnigan, Dave Landreth and Ryan Voth from The Bros. Landreth, Malford Milligan, The BBC Radio Big Band, Patti Austin, Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Lalo Schifrin (Hollywood film composer Bullitt, Mission Impossible), Hank Marvin, James Dean Bradfield (the Manic Street Preachers), Grady Tate, Agnetha from ABBA, Cliff Richard, Dudley Moore, Nathan James (Inglorious), Joey Tempest (Europe) and Kelsey Grammar.