How to play a smaller scale on guitar
Identify that each string on the guitar has a specific name. The names of the strings, which go from the thickest to the thinnest, are low e, a, d, g, b and high e.
Find the fifth fret the low E-string. This is the thickest string, the one closest to the roof. This is the beginning of the A-scale.
Play the fifth fret-low E-string and move up and play the low-E string on the 8th fret.
Move to and play the A-string on the 5th fret followed by the A-string on the 7th fret.
Play the fifth string of the D-string and then the D-string of the 7th fret.
Play the fifth string of the G-string followed by the G -string 7th fret.
Move to and play the fifth fret of the B-string and then the 8th fret of the B-string.
Finish the A-smaller scale by playing the high E-string in the 5th fret and then the high E-string of the 8th fret.
Tips and warnings
Scales are the backbone of how music is played on guitar. If you want to be able to improvise while playing guitar, solo over a rhythm section, you need to know how to play scales. Scales are especially important if you want to play blues-style guitar. A-smaller scale is the most common scale when playing blues guitar.