Ear training

How to choose guitar chords for Irish tunes part 4 – dark minor keys (the aeolian mode)

In this week’s free Irish guitar lesson from Folk Friend I’ll be running you how to pick chords by ear for the rarest and darkest of the “Celtic” modes, the aeolian. This is also sometimes called the “natural minor scale”.

I’ll be demonstrating using my free playalong for The Rights Of Man, which you can find here:

Here are the other videos in this series:

Part 1 (ionian)

Part 2 (dorian)

Part 3 (mixolydian)

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