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Enjoy the Dorian Mode

ALL HARPS INTERMEDIATE – 26 Dorian arrangements of “olde” songs from 11 regions. Each song is also transformed into a Mixolydian version and an Aeolian version. Lyrics, chord symbols, and historical background provided for each song. 137 pages. Fits on a 24-string harp starting with C below middle C


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Experience the Dorian mode through over 800 years of music in 26 new arrangements. This book is for therapeutic musicians, faire enthusiasts, and everyone interested in the sounds of yore.

Take advantage of the similarities between Dorian, Mixolydian, and Aeolian by comparing the Dorian arrangement to the Aeolian and Mixolydian lead sheets, playing on the same strings and just changing your levers or pedals.

  • Sea shanties, Gregorian chants, troubadour ballads, folk songs, a folk dance, a slow air, sacred harp, and more.
  • Explanation of what characterizes a Dorian piece, with special attention to how Dorian differs from natural minor.
  • Tips for modifying and creating your own arrangements.
  • The answer to the question, “Does Dorian start on D?”
  • Instructions for determining if a piece is in Dorian.

Enjoy the Dorian Mode contains practical information for all musicians and is written especially for harpers. Dorian arrangements have no sharps or flats (D Dorian). The Mixolydian lead sheets have one sharp (D Mixolydian). The Aeolian lead sheets have one flat (D Aeolian). In some cases, I have provided Ionian examples with two sharps (D Ionian).

The lowest note on the arrangements is the C below middle C. The highest note is three Es above middle C.

Keys & Length:
One flat through two sharps (F major, C major, G major, D major)
Fits on a 24-string harp starting with C below middle C
Dragonflower difficulty level:
Comparisons between the modes require lever changes, but there are no lever changes within a piece. Most arrangements are on two pages, some are longer. Almost no RH chords, but some cross-unders and five-note runs. Extended LH arpeggios and some syncopation. Songs in 3/4, 4/4, 6/8, 6/4, and unmetered. All pieces contain guidance for simplifying the arrangements.
On our website, “Enjoy the Dorian Mode” is only available as a PDF download.   If you would prefer the paper version, please go to the author’s website:  https://www.enjoytheharp.com/publications/enjoy-the-dorian-mode-book-hardcopy


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