A Pentatonic Major
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.
A Pentatonic Major 2 octaves
A Pentatonic Major full fretboard
A Pentatonic Major with note names
Shape 1 (4th position)
Shape 5 (2nd position)
The scale and its scale degrees.
The fourth degree is omitted, as well as the seventh, since the degrees are based on the regular Major seven-note scale.
The interval formula (2 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 3) can be expound into specific notes of the scale.
Abbreviations are used: M / m stands for major / minor and P stands for perfect.
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.
Some of the chords that are related to this scale are listed here:
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.
Related to this scale is the A Pentatonic Major add4, adding the 4th degree. It can be displayed as follows:
The A Pentatonic Major add4 scale, is identical with the A Major except for missing the major 7th interval.
Start the audio and play along! Use notes from the scale in the diagram above.Normal tempo:
A Pentatonic Major scale first shape ascending.
The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.