When teaching or learning how to play guitar, one of the first hurdles many of us face is finding songs to study that fit specific goals in our practise routine.
One of these common hurdles is finding songs that fit particular modes and scales in order to zoom in and focus on just those sounds in the practice room.
Two of the most common modes that guitarists explore, yet often have trouble finding specific songs to study in these modes are Dorian and Mixolydian.
So, we posted the following on the RGT Facebook Page to see what our readers had to say about this topic.
“We’ve had a number of email questions recently asking about popular songs for teaching certain modes on guitar. Can you suggest any songs you know of that are predominantly composed/performed in either the Dorian or Mixolydian mode?”
After receiving a strong and varied response to this question, we decided to compile everyone’s response and gather them into a list for other guitarists to check out and use in their own teaching and studies.
So, here they are, the Dorian and Mixolydian songs as suggested by the RGT Facebook community.
Dorian Songs for Guitar
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Oye Como Va – Santana
So What – Miles Davis
Wicked Game – Chris Isaac
Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day
Solo to Light My Fire – The Doors
Moondance – Van Morrison
Who Will Save Your Soul – Jewel
Evil Ways – Santana
Horse With No Name – America
Mixolydian Songs for Guitar
Summer Song – Joe Satriani
Solo on Marquee Moon – Television
Verse of Sweet Child of Mine – Guns n Roses
Verse of She Sells Sanctuary – The Cult
Alright Now – Free
Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
On Broadway – George Benson
L.A. Woman – The Doors
Seven Bridges Road – The Eagles
Southern Cross – CSNY
Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young
Do you have a song that you would like to add to the Dorian or Mixolydian songs for guitar list above? Share it in the comments section below.