dansm's guitar scale lessons
the aeolian mode
the first note of the natural minor scale
the aeolian mode is the mode based on the first note of the natural minor scale.
the e aeolian scale looks like this (standard notation and one-string tab):




the scale box for the aeolian mode looks like this:



to play this scale as the e aeolian mode, play the box with the first note at the twelfth fret. this scale box has a pattern identical to the aeolian mode of the major scale, but the root and fifth appear in different places. since this is the first mode of the natural minor scale, this is also the natural minor scale, played from root to root. if someone asks you to play the natural minor scale, this is what you play.
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