A Major Guitar Scale - Left Handed Pattern Diagrams

The A Major scales consists of seven notes.

These notes are as follows

A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#

The A Major scale is a diatonic scale, which simply means as you work through the scale you do so in one of two steps.

The two steps are

  • Whole Step (W)
  • Half Step (H)

The A Major step intervals are

Whole - Whole - Half - Whole - Whole - Whole - Half

Or to simplify

W - W - H - W - W - W - H

The 5 Patterns of the A Major Scale - Left Handed

A pattern is a set of notes that are played one after the other. There are five different patterns that can be played in A Major, each of which are inter-connected across the fretboard.

The notes of the scale are displayed on the fretboard by the light grey circles, with the darker blue circles highlighting the root notes. The root notes are always A tones. The numbers on each circle indicate which finger should play the note. The patterns are as follows

Left Handed Pattern 1

Left Handed A Major Scale 4th Position

Left Handed Pattern 2

Left Handed A Major Scale 7th Position

Left Handed Pattern 3

Left Handed A Major Scale 9th Position

Left Handed Pattern 4

Left Handed A Major Scale 11th Position

Left Handed Pattern 5

Left Handed A Major Scale 1st Postion

Related Chords for the A Major Scale

In order to work out which chords are related to the A Major Scale, we simply build a list of chords based on the degree on the scale.

The following chords are all related to the A Major Scale. Knowing which chords are related to the A Major Scale is very useful as any of these chords will work well over the scale.

Degree Chord Type Scale Note Tonic Chord Tonic 7th Chord
1 maj A Amaj Amaj7
2 m B Bm Bm7
3 m C# C#m C#m7
4 maj D Dmaj Dmaj7
5 maj E Emaj Emaj7
6 m F# F#m F#m7
7 dim G# G#dim G#dim7

Songs in the Key of A Major

There are a huge number of songs in the key of A Major, here is just a small selection of well known songs by some of the biggest artists.

  • Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne
  • Time by Pink Floyd
  • Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
  • Fat Lip by Sum 41
  • Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams

Scales Related to A Major