How to play A-Minor scale on guitar

By | April 11, 2021

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

  • The tab for A-smaller scale looks like this; ————————————————– ——— 5 — 8 ———- ————————– ————- 5 —– 8 —- ————————– —————— 5 —– 7 ————————- ———————- 5- —- 7 ——————— ———————- —– 5 —– 7 —————- ———————- ———– 5 —- 8 ———– ————————————————
  • 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.