A Major Scale

A Semitone is a half step (one note) and a Tone is a full step (two notes) counting both black and white keys.

A major scale is made up of the intervals Root-Tone-Tone-Semitone-Tone-Tone-Tone-Semitone.

The scale of A Major is made up of the notes A B C# D E F# G#.

A Major Scale Correct Fingering

Learn to play scales with two hands together for two octaves.

Start with your right hand as close as possible to Middle C and your left hand one octave lower.

If you are a beginner, start by playing each hand individually for just one octave.

Left Hand

2 octaves – 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1 4 3 2 1 3 2 1
1 octave – 5 4 3 2 1 3 2 1

Right Hand

2 octaves – 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5
1 octave – 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 5

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Major Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | Gb | Db | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Natural Minor Scales - Am | Em | Bm | F#m | C#m | G#m | Ebm | Bbm | Fm | Cm | Gm | Dm

Harmonic Minor Scales - Am | Em | Bm | F#m | C#m | G#m | Ebm | Bbm | Fm | Cm | Gm | Dm

Melodic Minor Scales - Am | Em | Bm | F#m | C#m | G#m | Ebm | Bbm | Fm | Cm | Gm | Dm

Pentatonic Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Blues Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Whole Tone Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Chromatic Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Diminished Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Major Contrary Motion Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Ionian Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Dorian Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Phrygian Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Lydian Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Mixolydian Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Aeolian Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F

Locrian Scales - C | G | D | A | E | B | F# | C# | Ab | Eb | Bb | F