Natural Minor – Aeolian Mode Backing Tracks

 
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Here are the backing tracks you can use to improvise with the Aeolian mode or the natural minor scale. As the notes of the minor pentatonic scale are all notes in the Aeolian mode, you can also practice your minor pentatonic improvisation over these tracks as well.

The tracks are provided by Jamplay from their backing track library which contains over 700 guitar backing tracks. You can jam with the tracks here on this site or download them from Jamplay.

Playlist

Here’s the playlist with all the tracks and you can access the individual tracks and see their transcription below.

Individual Tracks:

Aeolian Tribal Feel in Am

Aeolian Tribal Feel in Am 

A good track to explore your A Aeolian improv with. I really like these sorts of synth washes on natural minor based progressions.

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E Minor Sadness

E Minor Sadness 

A track by the metal player and Jamplay instructor Kris Norris. Love the Vocals in this one. Definite gothic sort of feel.

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Stay Away from the Voodoo in Em

Stay Away from the Voodoo in Em 

An interesting Aeolian backing here by Jamplay instructor David Wallimann.

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70′s Type D Minor

70's Type D Minor 

Another good Aeolian track by Kris Norris, designed for the D Aeolian mode.

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Additional Exercises

As well as jamming over the tracks above, I’d encourage you to use the tracks to help your understanding of how to form chords from scales. If your only starting to get used to the concept of harmonising scales, I’d look through the transcriptions of the above tracks and map out the chord progressions to see how the chords in these progressions are all formed from the notes of the relevant Aeolian mode. Seeing that all the chords in a progression are formed from a given scale is a good indicator that you can use that scale over the whole chord progression in your soloing and improvisation.

Additionally, as you become comfortable using the scale, try to focus your soloing on the chord tones of the current chord in the progression. As the progressions are largely formed from the scale, these tones should be part of the natural minor scale you are using. By doing this, your solo can start to outline the chord changes and gives a greater sense of the harmony in the track.

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Their backing track library contains over 700 tracks put together by some of the best guitar instructors online.

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