G# Dorian

G# Dorian scale for guitar.
The G sharp Dorian is a seven-note scale. 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, 4th fret.

G# Dorian 2 octaves

G# Dorian scale diagram

G# Dorian full fretboard

G# Dorian scale whole guitar neck diagram

G# Dorian note names

G# Dorian scale with note letters diagram
Notes: G# - A# - B - C# - D# - E# - F# 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 G# Unison Tonic
2 A# Major second Supertonic
b3 B Minor third Mediant
4 C# Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 D# Perfect fifth Dominant
6 E# Sixth Submediant
b7 F# Minor seventh Subtonic

The sixth degree is written as E#, which is the same as F. A practice in a scale notation is to not include the same letter twice, if it can be avoided.

The G sharp 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 G sharp Dorian is the second mode of the F# 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 D# Minor.
The scale is otherwise most related to the G# Natural Minor and G# Melodic Minor scales, which differ with just one note in both cases.

This scale is typically played over a minor seventh chord (primarily G#m7 in this case) and is used in styles such as jazz and blues. It is sometimes called G sharp Jazz Minor (although it shouldn't be confused with the Melodic Minor, which also is associated as a minor jazz scale).
One way to learn this scale is to observe the minor 7th chord shapes that it is built around. For example, the G#m7 barre chord with the root on the 6th string within the scale in 4th position. Another way is to think of it as the G# Minor scale with a raised sixth.

Chords that are related to this scale are the following:

G#m7, G#m9, G#m11
A#m7
Bmaj7, Bmaj9
C#7, C#9, C#11, C#13
D#m7, D#m9, D#m11
Fm7b5
F#maj7, F#maj9, F#maj13

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the G# 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 G# Dorian b2 scale, also known as G# Phrygian #6 scale, is identical to the G# Dorian except for the minor second. It can be displayed as follows:

Formula Notes Intervals Degrees
1 G# Unison Tonic
b2 A Minor second Supertonic
b3 B Minor third Mediant
4 C# Perfect fourth Subdominant
5 D# Perfect fifth Dominant
6 E# Sixth Submediant
b7 F# Minor seventh Subtonic

The G# Dorian b2 contains the same notes as the F# Melodic Minor Scale, but starts on another note.

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

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

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