Aeolian Mode – The Sixth Position of the Major Scale

Aeolian Mode Fretboard DiagramThe Aeolian mode is based on the sixth note of the major scale. In the key of G, this note is E. Note that the 6th note of the major scale is the relative minor. So guess what? The Aeolian Mode is the Natural Minor Scale! The E Aeolian Mode could be played in the key of G major (as the 6th position of the scale) or in the key of E minor. To play the E Aeolian Mode, begin with the first note at the 6th string 12 fret E.

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