G SHARP AEOLIAN MODE

‘G Sharp Aeolian’ is the 6th mode of the B major. The notes in G# Aeolian are:

G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E – F#

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 G# aeolian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

G# Major has the following notes:

G# – A# – B# – C# – D# – E# – Fx

If we ‘lower’ the 3rd note (B#), 6th note (E#) and 7th note (Fx), we get the following:

G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E – F#

Derivative Approach:

G# is the 6th note of the B major:

B – C# – D# – E – F# – G# – A#

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

G# – A# – B – C# – D# – E – F#

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

Now let’s look at G# aeolian in the 3rd position (lowest fret is 3)

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

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

Now let’s look at G# aeolian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

Finally, let’s look at G# aeolian in the 12th position (lowest fret is 12)

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

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