Guitar Scale, key of A Major




Intervals of the (A) Major Scale are: W-W-H-W-W-W-H steps.

The notes of the A Major Scale are: (A  ) (B  ) (C) (D  ) (E  ) (F) (G).


e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|--------------------1--2--'--2--1-------------------------------------------------
D|-----------0--2--4-----------------4--2--0----------------------------------------
A|--0--2--4-----------------------------------4--2--0-------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|-----------------4--6--7--'--7--6--4----------------------------------------------
A|--------4--5--7-----------------------7--5--4-------------------------------------
E|--5--7-----------------------------------------7--5-------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------8--9--'--9--8-------------------------------------------------
A|-----------5--7--9-----------------9--7--5----------------------------------------
E|--5--7--9-----------------------------------9--7--5-------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|--------------------6--7--'--7--6-------------------------------------------------
A|--------4--5--7--9-----------------9--7--5--4-------------------------------------
E|--5--7-----------------------------------------7--5-------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|-----------------------11--12--'--12--11------------------------------------------
E|--5--7--9--10--12--14---------------------14--12--10--9--7--5---------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|--------------0--2--4--5--'--5--4--2--0-------------------------------------------
B|-----0--2--3-----------------------------3--2--0----------------------------------
G|--2-----------------------------------------------2-------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|--------------------4--5--'--5--4-------------------------------------------------
B|--------------5--7-----------------7--5-------------------------------------------
G|-----4--6--7-----------------------------7--6--4----------------------------------
D|--7-----------------------------------------------7-------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|------------------------9--10--'--10--9-------------------------------------------
G|-----------------9--11-------------------11--9------------------------------------
D|------9--11--12---------------------------------12--11--9-------------------------
A|--12-------------------------------------------------------12---------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------11--13--14--'--14--13--11-----------------------------------
D|----------11--12--14-----------------------------14--12--11-----------------------
A|--12--14-----------------------------------------------------14--12---------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|--------------5--7--9--10--10--'--9--7--5-----------------------------------------
G|--2--4--6--7-------------------------------7--6--4--2-----------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|-----------------------9--10--'--10--9--------------------------------------------
G|----------------9--11-------------------11--9-------------------------------------
D|--7--9--11--12---------------------------------12--11--9--7-----------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|-----------------9--11--13--14--'--14--13--11--9----------------------------------
D|------9--11--12-----------------------------------12--11--9-----------------------
A|--12---------------------------------------------------------12-------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|--5--7--9--10--12--14--+--'--+--14--12--10--9--7--5-------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|------------------12--14--+--'--+--14--12-----------------------------------------
B|--10--12--14--15---------------------------15--14--12--10-------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|------------------12--14--+--'--+--14--12-----------------------------------------
B|------12--14--15---------------------------15--14--12-----------------------------
G|--14---------------------------------------------------14-------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E|--5--4--2--0--+--+--+--+--'--+--+--+--+--0--2--4--5-------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
G|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
D|----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
A|--0-------------------------------------------------0-----------------------------
E|-----4--2--0---+--+--+--+--'--+--+--+--+---0--2--4--------------------------------


    A Maj Scale Tab: (1a)1b)1c)1d)1e)(2a)2b)2c)2d)2e)2f)2g)(3a)3b)3c)(0a)0b)


For the Major Scale in the key of A, the distances on the guitar fretboard from each preceding tone to the next higher note of the major scale are: whole step (A-B), whole step (B-C), half step (C-D), whole step (D-E), whole step (E-F), whole step (F-G); half step (G-A).


The A Major Scale notes of the chromatic octave can be located by number of steps to the scale tone, and also by their ionian diatonic interval from the key tone; A. Refer to the next line to find any of the notes of the A Major Scale by its interval from the root note. The notes of the A Major Scale are, ascending by step/interval from the root note; A- root note (Prime), whole-step (Maj2nd) -B, two-steps (Maj3rd) -C, two-and-a-half steps (Perf4th) -D, three-and-a-half steps (Perf5th) -E, four and a half steps (Maj6th) -F, five and a half steps (Maj7th) -G.


With the tonic of the Major Scale on A, the note an octave lower than each of the tones of the scale is (an) interval descending from the tonic: for A: six step (octave), B: five step (aug6/min7), C: four step (aug5/min6), D: three and a half step (perf5), E: two and a half step (perf4), F: whole and a half step (aug2/min3), G: half step (aug1/min2). This descending interval from the tonic (A) locates the note an octave lower in pitch than the tone of the A Major Scale listed.




This easy guitar scale reference details the intervals and notes of the A Major Scale at a glance:
» The text on the practice page lists the notes and intervals of the Major Scale in the key of A.


» The practice section includes several A Major Scale guitar tabs denoting the scale in various fingerings and positions. Each tab lists the notes proceeding from the tonic (A), through each note of the scale and descending back to the tonic. Select a tablature from the menu at the bottom of the tab section for a variation of the A Major Scale to practice.


» The guitar fretboard animation for the A Major Scale illustrates the notes of the scale in ascending order by octave, it shows each of the playable notes of the scale on the fretboard, (A, B, C, D, E, F, G), by octave. After getting comfortable with a variation of the A Major Scale from the tab section, watch the animation while practicing to see how it coheres with the scale pattern across the fretboard. You can see how each of the notes of the A Major Scale has additional unison and octave notes on the guitar that can be incorporated into your melody.