Rock Solo Using The Aeolian Mode


The Aeolian Mode (AKA Natural Minor Scale) has a bleak and mournful sound, often evoking melancholy or even despair. The only difference between it and the Dorian Mode is the 6th note of the scale, it being a Minor 6th as opposed to the Dorian’s Major 6th. Among the many famous tunes that have used it are the X-Files Theme Tune, R.E.M’s Losing My Religion, and Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower.

I’ve put this solo in the Advanced category (albeit lower end of the spectrum) due to the high G Minor Pentatonic section from bars 9 to 12, and the sliding Sixths from bars 14 to 16. You’ll probably need to practise these parts slowly and with a metronome as I did, especially due to the awkward timing of some parts of the Pentatonic section. Hope you enjoy!

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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Rock Solo Using The Aeolian Mode

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