8 Famous Bass Lines That Use The Dorian Mode

I think it's best to link a scale or mode or theory idea with examples in the real world. This bass tutorial takes the beautiful Dorian mode and demonstrates how eight famous bass lines are constructed from it.

For a breakdown of the Dorian mode and how to learn and use it, check out this lesson:

The Dorian Mode For Bass Guitar

For more on modes:

Turn BORING Modes & Scales Into Awesome Bass Lines!

How to Use Modes: A Guide For Bass Players

21 Modes In Under 2 Minutes!

Scroll down to hear the modes in action on the original songs.

8 Bass Lines That Use The Dorian Mode


Moondance, Van Morrison (John Klingberg)


Stick It Out, Rush (Geddy Lee)


Good Times, Chic (Bernard Edwards)


Dance Dance Dance, Chic (Bernard Edwards)


If You Have To Ask, Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea)


Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea) 


So What, Miles Davis (Paul Chambers)

I have a lesson for this one here.


Carry On Wayward Son, Kansas (Dave Hope)


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