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Chord Progressions - Dorian, but not Grey - The Dorian progressions

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Many songs - particularly folk songs - are based on the dorian mode. One well known example is the English folk song made famous by Simon and Garfunkel: Scarborough Fair. Another song isJohn Lennon's Working-class Hero.

I say about Scarborough Fair, that it was "made famous by Simon and Garfunkel". Paul Simon learned the song from Martin Carthy, a very important figure in the UK folk scene. He did not get credit when Scarborough Fair was a hit by Simon and Garfunkel, and many not so very nice things have been said about how Paul Simon made a hit out of how he had learned to play the song from Martin Carthy. Finally there has been a reconciliation between the two, and if you go to my Martin Carthy page, you will find a link to the sealment of the reconciliation: A duet recording of the song Scarborough Fair by Paul Simon and Martin Carthy from Paul Simon's latest London Concert. Read more in Scarborough Unfair

The basic chord progression of dorian mode - at least in folk songs - is i-VIIb. In Dorian D-minor, which is a very nice key for dorian, the basic chords are Dm and C. In Dorian A-minor, another good key for dorian, is Am and G. This is the key of Working-class Hero.

The dorian scale is a popular scale for improvisations. It contains all the notes of the minor pentatonic scale, it is just the second and sixth that is added. I works well over a blues progression.

(Check Knocking on Heavens Door with the progression G-D-Am)

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