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Watch the Aeolian online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from Modes That Matter

In this segment you’ll find a new progression, but its an Aeolian one nonetheless. Here in this slow jam you have a set of chords in Cm that spell out a i-bVI-iv progression. The presence of the bVI definitely sets the Aeolian alarm off but so does the minor iv chord. This is because in regards to the two other minor-based major modes a dead giveaway for Dorian is a IV chord and running into a Phrygian progression at all is rare outside the parameters we’ve already examined. And, if in fact it is Phrygian it will more than likely focus on the i/bII approach making it easy to distinguish between the two.

As we progress through the course we’re seeing how each scale and mode has its stylistic leanings. But what about tempo? Perhaps Aeolian is one of the only scales or modes that make you want to turn the metronome dial to the left. It’s overall sound just begs you to lay back and have the crowd spark the lighters while you dig into a jam like this one.