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Ab Minor

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From your perspective:

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STEP BY STEP

How to play a Ab Minor chord on the guitar

  1. Make a barre with your first finger on the fourth fret.
  2. Put your second finger on the sixth fret of the fifth string.
  3. Put your third finger on the sixth fret of the fourth string.
  4. Play all six strings.

THEORY

Ab Minor is a minor triad, three notes stacked on top of one another. The root, a minor third, and a perfect fifth:

In addition to being the root of Ab Minor, it is also the vi chord of Cb Major.

Here are those notes on a piano keyboard:

Here is how those notes are actually distributed across your fretboard in this version of Ab Minor:

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HOW IT’S USED

You’ll frequently encounter Abm as the vi chord of Cb Major. Here is that classic I-V-vi-IV:

Cb
Gb
Abm
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Fb

In the key of Ab Minor itself, with a little respelling, those chords become the III, VII, i, and VI. You might see them arranged like so:

Abm
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Fb
Cb
Gb

Let’s get rid of those major chords, though. Moving from the diminished ii°, to the v, and back to the i:

Bbdim7
Ebm
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Abm
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You can also play the dimished chord as ‘half-diminished’ seventh—a little gentler:

Bbm7b5
Ebm
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Abm
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You might also see a i-iv-VII:

Abm
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Dbm
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Gb

SEE ALSO

Chords that frequently accompany Abm in the key of Cb Major:

HOW TO PLAY
Gb Major

More important chords in the key of Ab Minor:

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Db Minor
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Eb Minor
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Bb Minor