How to Play the Aeolian Mode for Guitar

The Aeolian mode is a sound that is commonly used in jazz, rock, funk, blues and pop music. The mode is sometimes referred to as the "natural" minor scale. Learning to play the Aeolian mode can be done quickly and easily if you use proper technique and the proper left-hand fingering.

Place the left-hand index finger on the third fret of the fifth string. Pluck the string with a pick or the right-hand fingers.

Place the left-hand ring finger on the fifth fret of the fifth string. Play the note.

Place the left-hand pinky finger on the sixth fret of the fifth string. Pluck the string.

Place the left hand index-finger on the third fret of the fourth string. Play the note.

Place the left-hand ring finger on the fifth fret of the fourth string. Pluck the note.

Place the left-hand pinky finger on the sixth fret of the fourth string. Play the string.

Place the left-hand index finger on the third fret of the third string. Pluck the string.

Place the left-hand ring finger on the fifth fret of the third string. Play the note.

Play all eight notes in a row to produce the C Aeolian mode.

Practice playing the Aeolian mode in different keys along the fifth string. The first note of the mode is the root, which indicates the key. For example, playing an Aeolian mode with the first note on the first fret of the fifth string makes it a Bb Aeolian mode. Playing with the left-hand fingers curved and close to the fingerboard at all times will greatly improve speed and accuracy when practicing the Aeolian mode.





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