E Flat Aeolian Mode Positions On The Guitar Fretboard

E FLAT AEOLIAN MODE

‘E Flat Aeolian’ is the 6th mode of the G flat major scale. The notes in Eb Aeolian are:

Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db

If you have read the post on understanding the aeolian mode, you will know that the aeolian mode contains a ‘flat 3’, a ‘flat 6’ and a ‘flat 7’ (parallel approach). You will also know that it is the 6th mode of the major scale (derivative approach). The aeolian mode is a very commonly used mode and is also known as the ‘natural minor scale’. Let’s briefly look at how to construct Eb aeolian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

Eb Major has the following notes:

Eb – F – G – Ab – Bb – C – D

If we ‘lower’ the 3rd note (G), 6th note (C) and 7th note (D), we get the following:

Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db

Derivative Approach:

Eb is the 6th note of the Gb major scale:

Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db – Eb – F

If we play the Gb major scale and start on the 6th note we get the following:

Eb – F – Gb – Ab – Bb – Cb – Db

Let’s look at the Eb aeolian mode in the different positions on the guitar fretboard:

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

E Flat Aeolian Mode Open Position Frets

E Flat Aeolian Mode Open Position Notes

Now let’s look at Eb aeolian in the 1st position (lowest fret is 1)

E Flat Aeolian Mode 1st Position Frets

E Flat Aeolian Mode 1st Position Notes

Now let’s look at Eb aeolian in the 2nd position (lowest fret is 2)

E Flat Aeolian Mode 2nd Position Frets

E Flat Aeolian Mode 2nd Position Notes

Now let’s look at Eb aeolian in the 6th position (lowest fret is 6)

E Flat Aeolian Mode 6th Position Frets

E Flat Aeolian Mode 6th Position Notes

Now let’s look at Eb aeolian in the 7th position (lowest fret is 7)

E Flat Aeolian Mode 7th Position Frets

E Flat Aeolian Mode 7th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at Eb aeolian in the 10th position (lowest fret is 10)

E Flat Aeolian Mode 10th Position Frets

E Flat Aeolian Mode 10th Position Notes

That covers the 5 basic positions and the open position of Eb aeolian along the guitar fretboard.

For an in depth explanation of the aeolian mode, check out aeolian mode explained.


 

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