Locrian mode The inside of the circle shows the relative minor, or Aeolian mode. One of the most common guitar songs in A Aeolian is the end solo in Stairway to Heaven. B Aeolian: Building a Mystery - Sara McLachlan C Aeolian: You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi C Aeolian: Sweet Dreams" - the Eurythmics or Marilyn Manson C Aeolian: Blue Bossa - Kenny Dorham (the bridge modulates up a semi-tone to Ionian) So many bands use exclusively minor scales and chord progressions, so what is your favorite solo using the minor scale? hide. The Aeolian Mode. It makes more sense when we think of it like this: Major scale:                                     C D E F G A B   Minor scale (or Aeolian mode):                         A B C D E F G    Same notes, yet starting on a different letter, we get a completely different sound. The Aeolian Scale consists of the same notes as the Natural Minor Scale. The Locrian mode has five notes in its scale flattened a half-step. Songs in Aeolian Mode tend to have a sad feeling and the scale is quite common in modern blues and jazz compositions. The Aeolian mode uses this formula of semitones and tones to form its scale: T – S – T – T – S – T – T Which in half and whole steps is: W – H – W – W – H – W – W The Aeolian mode is the second most popular of all the modes, because it has the same notes as the natural minor scale. Thus, it is ubiquitous in minor-key music. In fact, the first scale most guitarists learn is called a pentatonic scale, which is derived from the Aeolian mode: A Aeolian:                      A B C D E F G A Pentatonic Minor:       A     C D E   G. These two scales are very close to each other, with the pentatonic scale just missing two of the notes from the Aeolian mode. Aeolian is the natural minor scale, heard in such popular songs as Bob Dylan’s 'All along the watchtower' or REM's 'Losing my Religion'. The major triad and the dominant seventh chords are compatible with the mixolydian mode. Most popular songs, especially nowadays, are aeolian or ionian. The Aeolian mode works well in a slow blues along with the standard blues licks. Now, we will compare A major to A Aeolian: A Major:              A B C# D E F# G#                                       A Aeolian:           A B  C   D E F   G      And in numbers: A Major:              1 2  3  4 5  6    7                                      A Aeolian:           1 2 b3 4 5 b6 b7   Changing 3 notes certainly gives a different sound! Every major key has a relative minor (the Aeolian mode!) The Aeolian mode is identical with the natural minor scale. Thank you! Copyright © 2020 Seymour Duncan. level 1. Here is a slow backing track, which incorporates an Am, Dm & F chord: Here is a solo incorporating not just the A pentatonic minor, but the notes of A Aeolian as well: Now we will try a slightly different use, having an A bass note, with chords from the parent key of C major overtop: And now a solo: The Aeolian mode (or minor scale) is a familiar sound in guitar playing, and chances are most guitarists know it without realizing it. I never realised it was just the relative minor! Al. A Aeolian: I Kissed a Girl - Katie Perry A Aeolian: First Tube - Phish A Aeolian: Losing My Religion - R.E.M. built upon its 6thdegree. Welcome to the next installment of my series on the modes of the major scale. save. Even if the notes are exactly the same, there can be some things that separate the Aeolian scales from the Minor scales. Take a look at a very important diagram, called the Circle of Fifths: One of the uses of this diagram is to show all 12 major keys (on the outside of the circle). This thread is archived. Im trying to grasp music theory and it helps me to hear examples, especially in songs I already know.

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