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4. Dorian.

a. The formula for the Dorian modal scale is mLm (Figure 4-9).

Figure 4-9: Dorian Formula.

b. The Dorian scale's half step/whole step relationship corresponds to a white key scale from D to D on a piano keyboard (Figure 4-10).

Figure 4-10: Dorian Mode on Piano Keyboard.

c. A Circle of Dorian Keys can be constructed to represent the remaining Dorian Keys by using the Major Circle of Fifths and shifting the number of sharps and flats two keys to the left. You can figure out the number of sharps and flats by subtracting two sharps or adding two flats to the parallel major scale. The d Dorian scale has no flats or sharps (Figure 4-11).

Figure 4-11: Circle of Dorian Keys.

d. The Dorian scale has a lowered mediant ( 3) and subtonic ( 7) when compared to its parallel major scale (Figure 4-12).

Figure 4-12: Dorian and Parallel Major.

e. The Dorian scale has a raised submediant ( 6) when compared to its parallel natural minor scale (Figure 4-13).

Figure 4-13: Dorian and Parallel Minor.

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