E AEOLIAN MODE

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

E – F# – G – A – B – C – D

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 E aeolian using both the parallel approach and the derivative approach.

Parallel Approach:

E Major has the following notes:

E – F# – G# – A – B – C# – D#

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

E – F# – G – A – B – C – D

Derivative Approach:

E is the 6th note of the G major scale:

G – A – B – C – D – E – F#

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

E – F# – G – A – B – C – D

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

Positions Along the Fretboard:

Firstly, let’s look at the open position:

E Aeolian Mode Open Position Frets

E Aeolian Mode Open Position Notes

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

E Aeolian Mode 2nd Position Frets

E Aeolian Mode 2nd Position Notes

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

E Aeolian Mode 3rd Position Frets

E Aeolian Mode 3rd Position Notes

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

E Aeolian Mode 7th Position Frets

E Aeolian Mode 7th Position Notes

Now let’s look at E aeolian in the 8th position (lowest fret is 8)

E Aeolian Mode 8th Position Frets

E Aeolian Mode 8th Position Notes

Finally, let’s look at E aeolian in the 11th position (lowest fret is 11)

E Aeolian Mode 11th Position Frets

E Aeolian Mode 11th Position Notes

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

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

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