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How to play the A Major Scale

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The Major Scale

The major scale is a moveable scale that can be played in any key. The root note that you start the scale on determines which key you are playing in. Today’s lesson will focus on the A major scale, but it can be moved to fit into any key you’d like.

The A Major Scale

A-maj Scale

The first step in playing this scale is how you position your fingers. Each finger (one through four) stays on a fret and does not move side to side to different frets – only up and down to different strings. For this scale, your one (index) finger plays only on the fourth fret. Your second (middle) finger plays only the 5th fret, and so on.

Start on the 5th fret, low E string with your 2nd finger, and follow the diagram above.

The blue notes indicate the root note (A) of the key we are playing in (also A).

7 Responses to How to play the A Major Scale

  1. Dan Sep 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm #

    Awesome this helps a lot. You explain things really well on this video.

  2. Chaz Turmon Oct 18, 2017 at 11:09 pm #

    Is there a cheat sheet to see where we can move this scale to fit other keys? Say the key of C or Key of B.

    • Bradford Mitchell Oct 20, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

      For B move it up 2 frets. For C move it up 3. The root is where you start. Learn the roots on the E string and you’ll be good to go 👌🏼😉

  3. Eliana D'amore Jan 21, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

    Hi is this exercise also for electric guitar or oonly acoustic?

    • Brian Jan 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

      It works on either kind of guitar – thanks!

  4. Eliana D'amore Jan 21, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

    Hi! Im a worship leader from Italy, im so grateful i have completed the beginner course and now trying more advanced ones
    Is this exercise also for electric guitar or oonly acoustic?

    Can you specify on the intermediate advanced section if is applicable for elecric or just acoustic ?

    Much blessings to you!

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