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Watch the E Aeolian Progression online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from The Modal Alchemist

An E Aeolian progression derives its chords from the key of G major but has a resolution point, tonal center of the VI chord, E minor or E minor 7. (Or variations thereof).

The first thing to note here is that our rhythm is a shuffle rhythm or 12/8 feel. So we'll be playing a triplet feel as we arpeggiate the chords. I'm also palm muting the strings near the bridge to give me a nice staccato sound which sounds great in conjunction with the delay settings. I've timed my delay to the track tempo so that it will stay in time as I play over the groove. Make sure you always do this when using time based effects.

The progression is pretty simple but has some nice chord voicings to learn. We are playing a VI - IV - V - IV - VI E minor 9 - C 5/2(#11) - D add 4 - E minor 9.

The C 5/2(#11) can be explained as a C power chord with an added 2 or 9. The #11 is a naturally occurring 4th or eleventh in the key of G which is often used to add some tension to a IV chord.

The D add 4 chord can be explained as a D chord with the 3rd present and a 4th added to that. It's not a Sus4 chord, as the 3rd is still present and not suspended by the 4th.

Work through the progression trying to keep your arpeggiated lines tight with the groove. Use the palm muting to bring out the delayed notes as a percussive repeat on the original attack. Record your performance to check your timing each time you play through it. Be honest with yourself!