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
The scale formula for the A Flat Major scale is:
Root – Major 2nd – Major 3rd – Perfect 4th – Perfect 5th – Major 6th – Major 7th
|Intervals||Root||Major 2nd||Major 3rd||Perfect 4th||Perfect 5th||Major 6th||Major 7th|
A Flat Major follows the major scale structure of whole and half step intervals:
W W H W W W H
The diagrams below outline the 5 CAGED positions for the A Flat Major scale on the guitar.
Chords in the Key of A Flat Major
When you harmonize the A Flat Major scale you get the following chords:
|Chord Notes||A♭ – C – E♭||B♭ – D♭ – F||C – E♭ – G||D♭ – F – A♭||E♭ – G – B♭||F – A♭ – C||G – 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♭
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)