A Major Scale on Piano & Guitar + Chords in the Key of A Major

    🎩 Here's a magical A major scale reference which shows the notes and finger position on the piano keyboard. You'll also find the intervals and scale degrees that make up the A major scale.

    Plus, an interactive tool to play A major diatonic chords and a list of common chord progressions in the key of A major.

    🎸 You'll also find the A major scale on the guitar fretboard, with the notes, intervals or scale degrees, plus a way to highlight the scale at different positions on the fretboard using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system.

    → go to all major & minor scales

    The notes of the A major scale are A, B, C, D, E, F and G

    The relative minor of the A major scale is F♯ minor

    A major scale piano layout & finger position

    Here's a piano keyboard showing the notes of the A major scale, followed by a visual for the finger position on the piano. Hit play to hear the notes of the A major scale up and down:

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
    • E
    • F
    • G
    • A
    A
    B
    C♯
    F♯
    D
    G♯
    E
    A
    A
    D
    B
    E
    C♯
    F♯
    G♯
    A

    left hand

    right hand

    A Major Scale on Guitar

    🎸 Here you'll find a guitar fretboard representation with the notes of the A major scale , using standard guitar tuning: E A D G B E. You can show all notes, only the root notes, the intervals or the scale degrees:

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    You can also highlight specific scale positions on the guitar fretboard for the A major scale, using the CAGED system or the Three Notes Per String system (TNPS):

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    Chords in the key of A major
    (A major diatonic chords)

    The diatonic chords in the key of A major are: A major, B minor, C minor, D major, E major, F minor and G diminished

    Tap or use numbers 1 through 7 to trigger the chords. You can also tap to trigger the chord inversions or the 7th chords. This tool can be used as a chord progression generator.

    Common chord progressions in the key of A major

    Here's list of popular major key chord progressions along with the specific chords they represent in the key of A major. Again, you can use numbers 1 through 7 on your keyboard to trigger the different chords:

    I A maj
    IV D maj
    V E maj
    I A maj
    vi F min
    ii B min
    V E maj
    vi F min
    IV D maj
    I A maj
    V E maj
    I A maj
    iii C min
    IV D maj
    V E maj
    I A maj
    IV D maj
    vi G min
    V E maj
    ii B min
    V E maj
    I A maj
    I A maj
    vi F min
    IV D maj
    V E maj
    I A maj
    IV D maj
    ii B min
    V E maj
    iii C min
    vi F min
    ii B min
    V E maj
    I A maj
    V E maj
    vi F min
    IV D maj
    I A maj
    IV D maj
    V E maj
    I A maj
    I A maj
    V E maj
    ii B min
    iii C min

    Toggle A major scale intervals & scale degrees

    degrees notes intervals
    1: Tonic A Unison
    2: Supertonic B Major 2nd
    3: Mediant C Major 3rd
    4: Subdominant D Perfect 4th
    5: Dominant E Perfect 5th
    6: Submediant F Major 6th
    7: Leading Tone G Major 7th
    1: Octave/Tonic A Perfect 8th

    Popular Songs in the Key of A Major

    • Numb by Linkin Park
    • Dancing Queen by ABBA
    • Wonderwall by Oasis
    • Alive by Pearl Jam
    • Africa by Toto
    • Just a Girl by No Doubt
    • Just Like a Pill by Pink
    • Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
    • Take On Me by A-ha

    Major scale formula

    🔧 The major scales are constructed using this note pattern:

    • W-W-H-W-W-W-H
    ◈◈◈

    W = Whole step   H = Half step


    go to a different major or minor scale:

    C majorC majorD majorD majorE majorE majorF majorF majorG majorG majorA majorB majorB majorC major

    C minor C minor D minorD minorD minorE minorE minorF minorF minorG minorG minorA minorA minorA minorB minorB minor


    piano samples

    The piano samples used for this A major scale reference are from “ Salamander Grand Piano V3 ” by Alexander Holm, licensed under CC BY 3.0.

    drum samples

    The drum samples used here are from “ Mailbox Badger : Public Domain Drum Samples : Vol. 2 ”by Mailbox Badger/Patrick Callan, licensed under CC BY 3.0.


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