Aeolian Mode


The "Aeolian Mode" is a musical mode in Western music, belonging to the seven church modes. It is often recognized as the natural minor scale and is characterized by its melancholic and introspective quality.

In the Aeolian mode, each note is assigned a specific degree within the scale, following the pattern: whole, half, whole, whole, half, whole, whole (1-2-b3-4-5-b6-b7). For example, in the key of C Aeolian (natural minor), the corresponding note names and pitches are: C (root), D (minor second), E♭ (minor third), F (fourth), G (fifth), A♭ (minor sixth), B♭ (minor seventh), and C (octave).

What sets the Aeolian mode apart is its minor quality without any altered intervals, creating a straightforward and pure minor sound. This mode evokes feelings of sadness, contemplation, and introspection. The Aeolian mode is widely used in various musical genres to convey emotional depth and complexity. It is often associated with ballads, sad or introspective songs, and pieces that explore deeper emotions. Additionally, the Aeolian mode serves as the basis for minor keys in tonal music, making it an essential and foundational element in Western musical composition.

Example of Aeolian Mode

Songs that use the Aeolian mode