The A flat Major scale contains 4 flats. They are Ab, Bb, Db and Eb.
The notes in the A flat Major scale are as follows:
Ab – Bb – C – Db – Eb – F – G
If you are interested in learning about modes and guitar scales, it should be pointed out that the Ab major scale is effectively the same scale as the Ab ionian scale. For the purpose of the series of lessons on guitar modes, we are going to treat Ab ionian and Ab major as an identical scale.
Positions On The Guitar:
Let’s look at the the open position for A flat. It’s interesting to note that the A flat major scale in the open position contains only one note (G) that can be played on an open string. For the sake of being thorough though, it is still worthwhile learning the scale in this position. Here it is:
Now let’s look at the 5 positions across the fretboard:
The first one is in the 3rd position (the lowest fret is fret 3)
The next one is in the 4th position (the lowest fret is fret 4)
The next one is in the 8th position (the lowest fret is fret 8)
The next one is in the 9th position (the lowest fret is fret 9)
The last one is in the 12th position (the lowest fret is fret 12)
That covers all the positions along the guitar fretboard for the A flat major scale. Enjoy!
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 Ab Major: