The Notes in the A Major Scale are as follows:
A B C# D E F# G#

The key of A Major has 3 #’s.

C# F# G#

8 Progression Examples

1. A A F#m F#m7

2. A5 D5 E5 E5

3. A D F#m E7

4. A Bm D E

5. A Bm7 D F#m

6. A5 B5 E5 E5 F#5 B5 E5

7. A C#m E G#dim

8. A D G#dim C#m F#m Bm E (circle of fourths progression)


The next 3 chord progressions use chord extensions. They are more difficult to play but have more color, less power to them.


9. Amaj7 Aadd6 Dmaj7add6 E13


10. A9 Bm7 E A9 Eadd11 E7


11. Amaj7 F#sus F#m C#m7 Dadd#11 Bmadd6 E7


Listening examples in A Major

The Festive Overture in A major, Op. 96 – Shostakovich, Dmitri

Frédéric Chopin’s Allegro de concert, Op. 46

Optional Assignment:

Reconfigure the chords above. For all chord progressions reverse the order of the chords and see what you come up with. Write them down. Not doing these kinds of exercises can rob you of insights you will come across by actually writing them down.

When you write your own chord progressions you can use chords  anywhere on the neck. The voicings  can be different and they can be on the top three strings or they can be on the lower three strings…or more strings depending on the chord and extension that you want to use.

Do not limit yourself.

Explore. Be curious. Create, create, create.

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