A Major Scale:
The A Major Scale gives us our 4th Key and it has 3 sharps C# F# G#. It is the fourth key in music as shown in the Circle of Fifths.
- Memorize the notes for the A MAJOR SCALE in first position on the guitar.
- Practice playing the scale forward and backward.
- Incorporate it into your warm-up session.
- Remember to use the correct finger on each fret!
The degrees, letters and pattern of whole steps and half-steps that are needed to make the A Major Scale are shown below…
A w B w C# h D w E w F# w G# h A
- As you can see, the C# and F# from the previous scale were retained.
- The new sharp needed for this scale comes in at the 7th degree, giving us 3 sharps: C# F# and G#.
- The next key is 5 degrees up from the Root (A) of this scale. It is E Major and will contain four sharps.
- The new sharp in the Key of E Major will be D. It comes in at the 7th degree, which is a half-step down from the Octave E.
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