This scale reference contains the notes, formula, structure, positions, chords, and modes for the A Major scale on guitar. For an in-depth lesson on the major scale, please see Major Scale Patterns, Positions and Theory.
Notes of A Major Scale
The A Major scale contains 4 sharps and 3 natural notes.
A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G#
The scale formula for the A 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 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 Major scale on the guitar.
Chords in the Key of A Major
When you harmonize the A 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 Major: F sharp minor | F#m – G#dim – A – Bm – C#m – D – E
Parallel Minor of A Major: A minor | Am – Bdim – C – Dm – Em – F – G
The following are the modes of A Major:
- A Ionian (Major)
- B Dorian (Minor)
- C# Phrygian (Minor)
- D Lydian (Major)
- E Mixolydian (Major)
- F# Aeolian (Minor)
- G# Locrian (Minor)