#1
Would this song be in A Dorian?

Vs.
Am - C - Em - D

Ch.*
Em - Am - G - D

Interludes.
Am - Em - D
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#2
Since the D major chord has an F# in it, and F# is the key note that makes A dorian what it is, then yes, it would seem to be the case that the chords are built off of A dorian.
#3
Thanks. I really thought it was just looking for confirmation.
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#4
No. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
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#5
Not a bit. That wants to go straight to G after the D. If you replaced the Am with a G you'd get a very typical I - IV - vi - V in G. As of now, you're trying to "force" the mode, and that's not how it works.
#6
So what key is it in? I'm looking for options to solos.
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#8
Ok so it's just in G?
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#10
Tell ya what. Instead of explaining why it's in dorian, explain to me why it's not in a major or minor key.
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#11
I was mostly focusing on the "verse" part. If that's looped it technically works to think of A dorian as "home".

The other commenters are right in terms of common practise to say that the D at the end might naturally resolve to G. But I don't think this is something that you can really objectively say "no its not in A dorian because of common conventions of harmonic movement".

But the more chords you add (or rather, the more you try to make it a "progression"), the less it really makes sense for modal music. Series of chords like what's written as the verse are the beginning of stretching it IMO. And now that I look at it again the rest of it does seem to naturally want to take it to G major.
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#13
The more chords you use from a mode, the less it will sound like the mode and instead will sound like the Major and Minor Key is was derived from.

Instead of trying to play a stagnant scale over chords that are stagnant to one scale, try creating a progression that resolves to the scale you want to work with.

Try this as a G Dorian progression, not all the chords are derived from the G Dorian scale, but the "progression" resolves back to G Dorian.

||: Gm7 | Gm7 | Gm7 | Gm7 | Bbm7 | Bbm7 | Bbm7 | Bbm7 :||

For this progression use G Dorian of Gm7 and Bb Dorian for Bbm7.

It gives you a chance to play Dorian, moving in an out of Dorian scales, but also gives you the challenge of playing musically and playing through a progression instead just over chord.
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#14
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couldn't it also be A *word removed* minor?


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#15
Quote by IfellFromHeaven
couldn't it also be A minor?


Fixed. But, that's what I was thinking, yes.
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