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Aeolian On the Fretboard.

Remember aeolian/natural minor is the SAME as C major. It's most important for scale work to have the Major Scale memorized as well as possible. If you have C major down all that has to be done is play those positions and change the root locations from C to A.

Of course ALL the notes now represent something different.

Now re-look at the frets with

"A" as the root

"B" as the 2/9

"C" as the b3rd

"D" as the 4th

"E" as the 5th

"F" as the b6

"G" as the b7


Here are the 5 main positions I use for A minor and the most useful arpeggios (A, C, E) Practice it just like with C major - memorize scale degrees -1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7 as well as notes.

Now there is an advantage however! since the notes CDEFGAB have already been covered there will be some familiarity with where they lie on the frets.

At times when using modes (A aeolian is a mode of C major) I revert back to thinking about the "parent" major scale. Especially if playing a fast run I might shift to thinking "C major" on the fretboard while in A minor for a moment.

The trick to finding what major scale is the "parent" of an aeolian scale - go up 3 frets.

For A aeolian, go up 3 frets, that's a C note, so C major is the same as A aeolian.

For E aeolian, go up 3 frets which is G, notice G major is the same as E aeolian. This works for every key.






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