A major pentatonic scale guitar tab, notation & fretboard patterns: a complete lesson on how to play the pentatonic scale in A on guitar.
- 1 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar TAB in Open Position
- 2 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar TAB (5th Position)
- A Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar Patterns
- A Major Pentatonic Scale Pattern 1 (2 Octaves)
- A Major Pentatonic Scale Pattern 2 (1 Octave)
- A Major Pentatonic Scale Pattern 3 (1 Octave)
- A Major Pentatonic Scale Pattern 4 (1 Octave)
- A Major Pentatonic Scale Pattern 5 (2 Octaves)
- The Notes In A Major Pentatonic Scale
A Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar TAB, Notation, Fretboard Pattern & Lesson
With its clean, folky sound, the major pentatonic scale is a common scale in folk, blues, country and pop music.
There are many different ways of playing an A major pentatonic scale on guitar; on this page you’ll find some of the best and most widely-used fingerings.
Use the TABs, notation and patterns below to play the scale in one and two octaves – all over the guitar neck.
Related Pages on Guitar Command
- Find out how to play pentatonic major scales in any key: Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar
- How to read guitar TAB: How To Read TAB
- Complete guitar scale reference: Guitar Scales
- Download our comprehensive Guitar Scales Chart
- Jam along to our professional Guitar Backing Tracks
Play this scale in other keys:
1 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar TAB in Open Position
The notation / TAB below shows you how to play a 1 octave A major pentatonic scale in open position.
… You can extend the scale to 2 octaves, as shown in the TAB below:
2 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale Open Position
2 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar TAB
The TAB below shows a 2 octave A major pentatonic scale played at the fifth fret. This is one of the most common (and easiest) ways of playing this scale in A on guitar.
The notes of the scale are exactly the same as those in the 2 octave open position scale shown above, but here no open strings are used to play the scale.
Note that the above TAB is the same scale as that represented by major pentatonic pattern 1, which is shown further down the page.
A Major Pentatonic Scale Guitar Patterns
- You can find out how to use guitar scale patterns on this page: Guitar Scale Patterns
- For more information on playing major pentatonic scales all over the neck, visit this page: Major Pentatonic Major Scale Guitar
You can use the patterns below to play A major pentatonic scales all over the guitar neck. The figures by the side of the patterns tell you at which fret the patterns should be played.
The green circles represent the tonic notes (i.e. the ‘A’ notes) of the scale. Play from a green circle to the next green circle for a 1 octave scale.
Patterns 1 and 5, which each contain 3 tonic notes, can be used to play 2 octave A major pentatonic scales. (The other patterns, having only 2 green circles, can be used to play 1 octave A major pentatonic scales.)
All of the patterns contain additional notes allowing you to extend the scale without changing fretboard position. The TABs below each pattern show the scales represented by the patterns and omit these extra notes.
A Major Pentatonic Pattern 1
2 Octave A Major Pentatonic TAB Using Pattern 1
A Major Pentatonic Pattern 2
1 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale TAB Using Pattern 2
A Major Pentatonic Pattern 3
1 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale TAB Using Pattern 3
A Major Pentatonic Pattern 4
1 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale TAB Using Pattern 4
A Major Pentatonic Pattern 5
2 Octave A Major Pentatonic Scale TAB Using Pattern 5
Play Other Major Pentatonic Scales Using The Above Patterns
The major pentatonic scale patterns above are ‘movable’ (transposable); the green circles represent the tonic note of the scale.
The numbers by the side of the patterns show you where to play each pattern for an A major pentatonic scale. However, you can position the tonic notes over different notes on the fretboard to play different pentatonic major scales.
For example, play any of the above patterns 2 frets lower for a G major pentatonic major scale.
Notes In The A Major Pentatonic Scale
An A pentatonic major scale contains the following notes:
A, B, C#, E, F#, A
The scale formula of the scale is : 1, 2, 3, 5, 6