In this mode, the 7th note is called the subtonic, and it has a whole tone (two semi-tones, two notes on the piano keyboard) between the 7th and 8th notes. Required fields are marked *. This post will explore everything about the Aeolian mode, what it is and how it is played. E Aeolian is the first mode of E Minor and therefore both scales include the same notes and in the same order. But first, let’s recap the basics: what are modes? The Aeolian mode is the second most popular mode, only behind the Ionian mode. This step shows the ascending E aeolian mode on the piano, treble clef and bass clef. This step shows the descending E aeolian mode on the piano, treble clef and bass clef. The E-flat aeolian mode starts on note E-flat. The tonic note (shown as *) is the starting point and is always the 1st note in the mode. This scale is almost the same as the one for the Dorian mode, except it also has a minor (lowered) 6th. On the white piano keys, it is the scale that starts with A. Since this scale is exactly the same as the Minor scale you don't have to put any time into learning it. The aeolian mode uses the  W-H-W-W-H-W-W  note counting rule to identify the note positions of 7 natural white notes starting from note A. Firstly, as I mentioned earlier, the Aeolian mode can be summed up like this: 1. These note names are shown below on the treble clef followed by the bass clef. column shows the mode note names. Hit "Go" to see the result. In a later step, if sharp or flat notes are used, the exact accidental names will be chosen. Or, if you start on E, you’re playing in the E Phrygian mode. In music, a mode is essentially a scale, a lot like scales you’ve most likely seen before (major scale, minor scale). Adjust the "start fret" option to further highlight a finger pattern for playing the selected scale in a different position on the fretboard. It is most likely the second scale people learn when starting to play an instrument, and is the second most used mode in classical music and modern pop music. It is also found in classical music, for example the opening to Beethoven’s famous “Moonlight Sonata”, which is in C# Aeolian. It is also found in rock music, like the songs “All Along the Watchtower” by Bob Dylan and “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M., both in A Aeolian. One or more note in this mode has a sharp or flat, which means that this mode has been transposed to another key. The Aeolian mode is the second most popular mode, only behind the Ionian mode. The Solution below shows the E aeolian mode notes on the piano, treble clef and bass clef. Middle C (midi note 60) is shown with an orange line under the 2nd note on the piano diagram. The Aeolian mode uses this formula of semitones and tones to form its scale: T – S – T – T – S – T – T, Which in half and whole steps is: W – H – W – W – H – W – W. The Aeolian mode is the second most popular of all the modes, because it has the same notes as the natural minor scale. To count up a Half-tone (semitone), count up from the last note up by one physical piano key, either white or black. Note 1 is the tonic note - the starting note - Eb, and note 13 is the same note name but one octave higher. This step shows the white and black note names on a piano keyboard so that the note names are familiar for later steps, and to show that the note names start repeating themselves after 12 notes. Take a C major scale for example made up of the notes: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. If you were to play these notes in order, but starting on F (F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F) you would actually be playing the scale of the F Lydian mode. The white keys are named using the alphabetic letters A, B, C, D, E, F, and G, which is a pattern that repeats up the piano keyboard. The E aeolian mode re-uses this mode counting pattern, but starts from note E instead. The audio files below play every note shown on the piano above, so middle C (marked with an orange line at the bottom) is the 2nd note heard. Download my free eBook with all my favourite music theory resources. © 2020 Copyright Veler Ltd, All Rights Reserved. For all modes, the notes names when descending are just the reverse of the ascending names. Note 1 is the tonic note - the starting note - E, and note 13 is the same note name but one octave higher. It forms the basis of a lot of the music you hear today. We hope this post has helped you learn more about it, and let us know in the comments if you have any questions! The Aeolian mode is a musical mode or, in modern usage, a diatonic scale also called the natural minor scale. For each of the 7 notes, look across and try to find the white note name in the mode note name. Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions get in touch! The Aeolian mode is heard almost whenever you hear music in the minor key. Since this mode begins with note E, it is certain that notes 1 and 13 will be used in this mode. An Overview Of The 20th Century Music Era. E Aeolian Positions E Aeolian Notes: Full Fretboard. JGuitar's scale calculator will draw scale diagrams showing the fretboard with notes in the selected scale highlighted. In the case of C Major, that note is A, so you often hear it called the A Aeolian mode. Note Labels. The 8th note - the octave note, will have the same name as the first note, the tonic note. It contains a b3, b6, b7 2. 1st note is always tonic, 2nd is supertonic etc.) Then list the 7 notes in the mode so far, shown in the next column. Sharps. The E aeolian mode starts on note E. Since this mode begins with note E, it is certain that notes 1 and 13 will be used in this mode. To get a good sense of how it sounds and makes you feel, try playing the white notes on a piano from A to A. Flats. The derivative approach requires playing the Major scale, but starting on a different note, to produce the desired mode. This step shows an octave of notes in the E aeolian mode to identify the start and end notes of the mode. He is currently working as a film composer and writing a book on film music. This is needed to ensure that when it comes to writing the mode notes on a musical staff (eg. Every white or black key could have a flat(b) or sharp(#) accidental name, depending on how that note is used. In contrast, for example, the lydian mode has only one semitone / half-tone separating the 7th and 8th notes, and in this case the Seventh note is called the leading note or leading tone, as the 7th note feels like it wants to resolve and finish at the octave note, when all mode notes are played in sequence. Scale degree names 1,2,3,4,5,6, and 8 below are always the same for all modes (ie. In the table above, you see the Aeolian mode is the sixth mode listed, because it is the mode that starts on the sixth note of the major scale. F-sharp) or a flat(eg. This can be seen by looking at the Mode table showing all mode names with only white / natural notes used. This step applies the E aeolian mode note positions to so that the correct piano keys and note pitches can be identified. Samuel Chase has been playing music since he was 5 years old, and teaching music since he was 13. The Aeolian mode is often called the Natural Minor scale and is the “relative minor” to the major scale it’s derived from. If the natural white note can be found in the mode note, the mode note is written in the Match?