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The A major scale has three sharps (C#, F#, and G#) and it is a scale very well suited for guitar music, given that its first, second, third, fourth, and fifth degree are open strings (actually conforming a pentatonic scale, which can be considered to be a sort of structural basis for the major scale).

The relative minor scale of A major is C# minor. The notes that make up the A major scale are the same ones used for the B doric mode, C# phrygian, D lydian, E mixolydian, F# aeolian (or minor), and G# locrian. Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the A major scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the A major scale, together with their harmonic function.



A major
Pattern I

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A major
Pattern II

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A major
Pattern III

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A major
Pattern IV

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A major
Pattern V

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A major
Pattern VI

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A major
Pattern VII

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The following chords can be played when using the A major scale.

I
    A 
I7
    A7
 
ii
    Bm
II7
    B7
ii7b5
    Bm7b5 
iii
    C#m
III7
    C#7 
bIII
    C 
IV
    D 
ii7b5/iii
    D#m7b5 
iv
    Dm
V
    E
V7
    E7
v
    Em
vi
    F#m
VI7
    F#7 
bVI
    F 
vii
    G#dim
vii7b5 
    G#m7b5 
bVII
    G