A Major Scale Positions On The Fretboard

If you have read the posts on understanding major scales and playing major scales up and down the neck, you should be able to figure out for yourself how to play A major in different positions along the fretboard. Having said that, it is quite useful to look at each individual key to reinforce the theory and application of the scale.

If you are interested in learning about modes and guitar scales, it should be pointed out that the A major scale is effectively the same scale as the A ionian scale. For the purpose of the series of lessons on guitar modes, we are going to treat A ionian and A major as an identical scale.

Firstly, the notes in the key of A are:

A – B – C# – D – E – F# – G#

Positions On The Guitar:

Firstly, let’s look at A major in the open position.

A Major Scale Open Position Frets

A Major Scale Open Position Notes

Here are the following 5 positions. Remember these positions are movable, which means that you can move them along the fretboard if you want to change keys.

We will look at the scales in order of low to high (fret numbers)

A Major Scale 1st Position Frets

A Major Scale 1st Position Notes

A Major Scale 4th Position Frets

A Major Scale 4th Position Notes

A Major Scale 5th Position Frets

A Major Scale 5th Position Notes

A Major Scale 9th Position Frets

A Major Scale 9th Position Notes

A Major Scale 10th Position Frets

A Major Scale 10th Position Notes

And there it is! That pretty much covers the A major scale all over the neck.

For more information on major scales check out the post a complete guide to major scales on the guitar.

Also check out the post, guitar modes explained.

Here are the 7 modes in the key of A Major:

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