A Pentatonic Major scale

A pentatonic scale for guitar.
The A Pentatonic Major is a five-note scale. The diagram shows a fingerboard with the scale notes. Darker color marks the root notes, which are A tones. In the two-octave pattern, the first root note is on the 6th string, 5th fret.


2 octaves

A pentatonic Major scale diagram Notes: A - B - C# - E - F# Intervals: 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 Type: Pentatonic

The scale and its scale degrees.

Formula Notes
1 A
2 B
3 C#
5 E
6 F#

The fourth degree is omitted, as well as the seventh, since the degrees are based on the regular Major seven-note scale.

Some of the chords that are related to this scale are listed here:

  • A
  • Bm7
  • C#m7
  • Esus4
  • F#m

The tones in these chords correspond to the tones of the A Pentatonic Major scale. Notice that the match is not completely exact, the third (D) in Bm7 and the fifth (G#) in C#m7 are not included in the scale.

The notes in the scale can be described as intervals, written as 2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3 from the first note to the first in next octave.
The A Pentatonic Major is relative to F# Pentatonic Minor. Both scales include the same notes but with different root notes.