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Guitar Lesson #6 Key of A Scale

Updated on March 15, 2015

The A Scale

This hub is about the A scale and chords Remember sharps move toward the bridge. C sharp is played at the second fret second string. C sharp can also be played at the 5th A string at the 4th fret. The F sharp is played 1st string second fret, also the F on the fourth string is now played at the fourth fret.G# is at the first fret 3rd string. High G# is at the 4th fret 1st string.The first scale is made of half notes and you should count each note for two taps of your foot.

The second scale is written in quarter notes one tap per note and will introduce you to high A at the fifth fret. This scale is made of 2 octaves.

After playing the first 2 scales play the scale using duplicate notes. Duplicate notes give us more freedom.Starting with duplicate A at the 5th fret 6th string, the B at the 2nd fret 5th string. Play C sharp at the 4th fret 5th string Play D at the 5th string 5th fret. Play E, and F sharp on the 4th string, G sharp is at the 6th fret. A, is the 2nd fret .Third G string B is at the 4th fret, C sharp is the 6th fret,D is at the 7th fret. The second B string has note E at the 5th fret, F sharp is at the 7th fret, G sharp is at the 6th fret. First string 5th fret will be the high A. This will take a lot of practice. Practice will make or break your playing. Play this for several weeks.

What are the chords in the Key of A ? Use the 1 - 4 - 5 - Method. If you do not remember go back to the last 2 lessons. Use the 1 - 3 - 5 - method to make each chord.Remember this never changes, so its best to learn this where it was introduced.

Scale Books

What does the A scale teach you? How you will play in the key of A, three sharps, F, C, and G. This is great ear training along with intervals which we will work on later. Lets start and play our scale. Look at the first scale written in half notes. Play this scale three times practice it ascending the scale, now play the scale descending 3 times. Don't forget to count every time. 2 taps for each note. In the second line the notes are quarter notes. Tap your foot one tap for each note.

Duplicate notes are introduced in this lessons.

Guitar Scale Books

The scales in the Key of A. The first scale is done in half notes. The second scale is 2 Octaves.  The third scale uses duplicate notes.
The scales in the Key of A. The first scale is done in half notes. The second scale is 2 Octaves. The third scale uses duplicate notes. | Source
Chords from the Key of A
Chords from the Key of A | Source
The 5th,7th, and 9th fret are much easier to play.
The 5th,7th, and 9th fret are much easier to play. | Source
The A major Scale at the 5th position using the duplicate notes.
The A major Scale at the 5th position using the duplicate notes. | Source
Use the 1 -4 - 5  method to pick out these chords.
Use the 1 -4 - 5 method to pick out these chords. | Source
Notes for this chord are D open 4th string,F# 1st string 2nd fret 2nd finger, A 3rd string 2nd fret. D 2nd string 3rd fret 3 finger.
Notes for this chord are D open 4th string,F# 1st string 2nd fret 2nd finger, A 3rd string 2nd fret. D 2nd string 3rd fret 3 finger. | Source
Notes for the E7th Chord are All ^ strings Open E  sixth string, B 5th string 2nd fret, D open fourth string and G# third string 1st fret.Open B, and open E 1st string.
Notes for the E7th Chord are All ^ strings Open E sixth string, B 5th string 2nd fret, D open fourth string and G# third string 1st fret.Open B, and open E 1st string. | Source
Notes are A C# and E
Notes are A C# and E | Source

Duplicate notes

The Duplicate notes could be played much easier. We are now playing the fourth line. We will Start at the 5th fret sixth string. Then the 7th fret, same string and the 9th fret for C #. Now move down to the fifth string 5th fret for D, 7th for E, and 9th fret F#. move to the 4th string 6th fret play G# and the last note A at the 7th fret. Study this until you can do it.

You will be able to do this is you remember to practice this each day.

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