A Major has 3 sharps: F♯, C♯, & G♯. It can be viewed as the C scale with all Fs, Cs, & Gs moved to F sharps, C sharps, & G sharps. And/or the D scale with a G sharp. This is the first sharp key where one of the open strings is “not in the key” (Gs are now G♯s).
This is scale pattern 51 pattern of our 7 Majors scale system and is played in our alpha-tone order (lowest root → highest in pattern → lowest in pattern → back to starting root).
We first train with the scale in P1. We shift or extend to get to the high A on string 1.
Next, improvise with the A Major scale for a few minutes.
Consider some of the chords which come out of this tone set → A, Bm, C♯m, D, E, F♯m.
3 Tones Per String
Since the lowest tone is the 5th degree of the scale, this scale is sometimes referred to as Mixolydian. For our 7 Majors System, we use this 3TPS (3NPS) pattern as the main version, rather than using fingerings which would be based on open strings.