Bb Dorian

Bb Dorian scale for guitar.
The B flat Dorian is a seven-note scale, also called B flat Jazz Minor. Colored circles in the diagram mark the notes, with darker color highlighting the root notes. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 6th fret.

Bb

2 octaves

Bb Dorian scale diagram Notes: Bb - C - Db - Eb - F - G - Ab Intervals: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 Type: Septonic 

The scale displayed with its numeric formula, intervals and scale degrees.

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Bb Unison Tonic
2 C Major second Supertonic
b3 Db Minor third Mediant
4 Eb Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 F Perfect fifth Dominant
6 G Sixth Submediant
b7 Ab Minor seventh Subtonic

The B flat Dorian scale consists of seven notes. These can be described as steps on the guitar fingerboard according to the following formula: whole, half, whole, whole, whole, half and whole from the first note to the same in the next octave.
The B flat Dorian is the second mode of the Ab Major Scale. It contains exactly the same notes, but starts on another note. Since Dorian has a minor scale quality it can also be seen as a mode of the F Minor.
The scale is otherwise most related to the Bb Natural Minor and Bb Melodic Minor scales, which differ with just one note in both cases.

This scale is typically played over a minor seventh chord (primarily Bbm7 in this case) and is used in styles such as jazz and blues.
One way to learn this scale is to observe the minor 7th chord shapes that it is built around. For example, the Bbm7 barre chord with the root on the 6th string within the scale in 6th position. Another way is to think of it as the Bb Minor scale with a raised sixth.

Chords that are related to this scale are the following:

Bbm7, Bbm9, Bbm11
Cm7
Dbmaj7, Dbmaj9
Eb7, Eb9, Eb11, Eb13
Fm7, Fm9, Fm11
Gm7b5
Abmaj7, Abmaj9, Abmaj13

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the Bb Dorian scale (triads have been excluded).

Related to this scale are Dorian b2 and Dorian #4, being the 2nd mode of the Melodic Minor and the 4th mode of the Harmonic Minor.

The Bb Dorian b2 scale, also known as Bb Phrygian #6 scale, is identical to the Bb Dorian except for the minor second. It can be displayed as follows:

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Bb Unison Tonic
b2 Cb Minor second Supertonic
b3 Db Minor third Mediant
4 Eb Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 F Perfect fifth Dominant
6 G Sixth Submediant
b7 Ab Minor seventh Subtonic

The Bb Dorian b2 contains the same notes as the Ab Melodic Minor Scale, but starts on another note.

The Bb Dorian #4 scale is identical to the Bb Dorian except for the augmented fourth. It can be displayed as follows:

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 Bb Unison Tonic
2 C Major second Supertonic
b3 Db Minor third Mediant
#4 E Augmented fourth Subdominant
5 F Perfect fifth Dominant
6 G Sixth Submediant
b7 Ab Minor seventh Subtonic

The Bb Dorian #4 contains the same notes as the F Harmonic Minor Scale, but starts on another note.

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