So I'm currently jamming a song in G Major with focus on the A Minor. The chord progression goes Am C D. I know that the A Minor Blues Scale sounds pretty sleek, but I just have the feeling that A Dorian makes it a lot more interesting, which makes sense to me because I put the focus on the second chord of G Major which is A Minor.

Are there "compulsory" chord progressions in a Dorian Mode? Or can I just jam the Dorian scale over any progression that starts with the Dorian route and has chords the chords of the key? And theoretically I play a I IV V in A Dorian, which gives it this Bluesy/Funky feeling, a bit like Zappa. Hope you could help me out.

  • Sorry for my typos though :D – Finn May 9 '20 at 19:49
  • I'm not sure what you mean by "compulsory." Since it seems like you understand the theory of which scales contain which chords, it sounds like you have already answered your own question: The A dorian scale is a great choice for this progression. – Max May 12 '20 at 5:52
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    If the song is in Am and you notice that nobody is playing or singing an F note, it's your chance to throw in a D or Bm chord --> boom, you made a little bit Dorian! – piiperi Reinstate Monica May 12 '20 at 6:27

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