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Modes of the Major Scale

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A Aeolian
An Aeolian scale is when you play from the 6th degree of the major scale to an octave above, so for A Aeolian, the notes are:
  • A · B · C · D · E · F · G · A
Each mode has an associated chord that is comprised of the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th degrees of the mode. For A Aeolian, this chord is an A Minor 7 and the notes it contains are:
  • A Minor 7: A · C · E · G
In the example below, the following can be heard in order:
  • The notes of the mode A Aeolian
  • The notes of the characteristic chord: A Minor 7
  • The characteristic chord itself: A Minor 7
  • A sample solo line using the notes of the A Aeolian scale
Modes of the Major Scale - Page 7