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A Flat Major Scale

This scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the A Flat Major scale on guitar. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, please see Major Scale Patterns, Positions and Theory.

Notes of A Flat Major Scale

The A Flat Major scale contains 4 flats and 3 natural notes.

A♭ – B♭ – C – D♭ – E♭ – F – G

Scale Formula

The scale formula for the A Flat Major scale is:

Root – Major 2nd – Major 3rd – Perfect 4th – Perfect 5th – Major 6th – Major 7th

IntervalsRootMajor 2ndMajor 3rdPerfect 4thPerfect 5thMajor 6thMajor 7th
NotesA♭B♭CD♭E♭FG

Scale Structure

A Flat Major follows the major scale structure of whole and half step intervals:

W W H W W W H

A flat major scale whole step half step formula diagram

Scale Positions

The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the A Flat Major scale on the guitar.

Position 1

A flat major scale position 1 diagram

Position 2

A flat major scale position 2 diagram

Position 3

A flat major scale position 3 diagram

Position 4

A flat major scale position 4 diagram

Position 5

A flat major scale position 5 diagram

Chords in the Key of A Flat Major

When you harmonize the A Flat Major scale you get the following chords:

DegreeIiiiiiIVVvivii°
ChordA♭B♭mCmD♭E♭FmGdim
Chord NotesA♭ – C – E♭B♭ – D♭ – FC – E♭ – GD♭ – F – A♭E♭ – G – B♭F – A♭ – CG – B♭ – D♭

Relative and Parallel Scales

Relative Minor of A Flat Major: F Minor | Fm – Gdim – A♭ – B♭m – Cm – D♭ – E♭

Parallel Minor of A Flat Major: A Flat Minor | A♭m – B♭dim – C♭ – D♭m – E♭m – F♭ – G♭

Modes

The following are the modes of A Flat Major:

  • A♭ Ionian (Major)
  • B♭ Dorian (Minor)
  • C Phrygian (Minor)
  • D♭ Lydian (Major)
  • E♭Mixolydian (Major)
  • F Aeolian (Minor)
  • G Locrian (Minor)
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  • Basics of diatonic harmony and key theory
  • Chords for all the major and minor keys (5 shapes for each chord based on the CAGED system)
  • 5 patterns of the major and minor scales for each major and minor key
  • Theory behind building key chords from major and minor scales
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