Aeolian Mode

The Aeolian Scale consists of the same notes as the Natural Minor Scale. Songs in Aeolian Mode tends to have a sad feeling and the scale is quite common in modern blues and jazz compositions. See also Aeolian Dominant.

Even if the tones are exactly the same, there are some things that distinguish the Aeolian scales from the Minor scales. In songs based on the Natural Minor, the V-chord is often a major (for instance E instead of Em in the A Minor key). In songs based on the Aeolian mode, the IV-chord is often a major (for instance D instead of Dm in the A Aeolian).

C

C Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C

C# / Db

C# Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#

D

D Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C, D

D# /Eb

D# Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb

E

E Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: E, F#, G, A, B, C, D, E

F

F Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: F, G, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F

F# / Gb

F# Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: F#, G#, A, B, C#, D, E, F#

G

G Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G

G# / Ab

G# Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#

A

A Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A

A# / Bb

A# Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb

B

B Aeolian scale diagram
Notes: B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B

Aeolian Scales overview
C: C, D, Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C
C#/Db: C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A, B, C#
D: D, E, F, G, A, Bb, C, D
D#/Eb: Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb
E: E, F#, G, A, B, C, D, E
F: F, G, Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F
F#/Gb: F#, G#, A, B, C#, D, E, F#
G: G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G
G#/Ab: G#, A#, B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#
A: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A
A#/Bb: Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb
B: B, C#, D, E, F#, G, A, B

Intervals: 1, 2, b3, 4, 5, b6, b7
Semi-notes: 2 - 1 - 2 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 2
Formula: Whole, Half, Whole, Whole, Half, Whole, Whole

Relative keys – Aeolian and Major

The same notes can be found in different Major and Aeolian scales:

If you already know the Major scales, you could play the relative Aeolian by walking three semi-steps down on the keyboard.