JRS Survival Guitar Lesson 15: Aeolian Mode

The sixth Mode to learn is the Aeolian Mode.

Click on Aeolian Mode to hear a midi file example. Note that this A Aeolian Mode is played with a A note in the background. Listen how the Mode sounds over this sustained note. This becomes important later, as I teach you to play modally. Hang in there!

The Aeolian Mode is shown here, arranged to cover two octaves on the guitar. To play this mode in the key of C (like you did in lesson 10), start the first note of the mode on the 17th fret.

If you’ve been going through the other lessons, you’ll recognize that what your looking at is also known as our old friend, the Minor Scale. Yes, The Aeolian Mode, and the Minor Scale are identical.

The Aeolian Mode is created from notes of the Major Scale. Specificaly, Aeolian Mode uses the notes of the Major Scale, starting on the sixth note of the Major Scale. Example: If you have a C Major Scale (which contains the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C), to create a Aeolian Mode you would start on the sixth note (A). So, your new A Aeolian Mode would consist of the notes A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A.

The Minor Scale, it turns outs, is created by starting the Major Scale on it’s sixth note. That is why the Minor Scale and the Aeolian Mode are equivalent.

If you’ve already memorized the Minor Scale, pat yourself on the area of your choice, and move on to the final Mode, Locrian.








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