Using Diatonic Arpeggios
When soloing we can use diatonic arpeggios (sequential chord tones from the scale) to outline the sound of the Dorian mode extremely effectively. This can sound far more sophisicated than just using a straightforward scale orientated approach. Any of the following arpeggios will isolate a different group of intervals and therefore provide a different sonic palette to work from: I = Cmaj7 – IIm = Dm7IIIm VIImb5 = Em7 – IV = Fmaj7 – V = G7 – VIm = Am7 and = Bm7b5. Have a play through them with a Dm7 chord as a backing to provide context, or record a nice minor walking bassline (better still, get a mate to play along). Make a note of the ones you like the sound of and include them in your future improvising. Listen to our demonstration solos and you will hear various arpeggios being used; learning these will also help you to develop this concept.