Ab Dominant 7th Piano Chord

Root
Ab
3rd
C
Min 7th
Gb
5th
Eb
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Ab
C
Eb
Gb

The Notes in an Ab Dominant Chord

The Root

The root of the chord is always the easiest to find because it's in the name of the chord! The root of an Ab Dominant chord is Ab.

The 3rd

The third of an Ab Dominant chord is C. The third is up four half-steps from the Root.

Finding C from Ab step by step:

  • Start on: Ab
  • Step 1: move up to A
  • Step 2: move up to Bb
  • Step 3: move up to Cb
  • Step 4: Land on C
3rd
C
Root
Ab
1
2
3
  • A is a minor second above Ab.
  • Bb is a major 2nd above Ab.
  • Cb is a minor third above Ab.
  • C is a major third above Ab.

The Min 7th

The minor seventh of an Ab Dominant chord is Gb. The minor seventh is down two half-steps from the Root.

Finding Gb from Ab step by step:

  • Start on: Ab
  • Step 1: move down to G
  • Step 2: Land on Gb
Min 7th
Gb
Root
Ab
1
  • G is a minor second below Ab.
  • Gb is a major 2nd below Ab. The min 7th is down a major 2nd? Confusing, right? The note Gb is down 2 half-steps from Ab, but up 10 half-steps from Ab:
Min 7th
Gb
Root
Ab
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

The Inversions of Ab Dominant

Root Position

Root
Ab
3rd
C
Min 7th
Gb
5th
Eb
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Ab
C
Eb
Gb

1st Inversion

3rd
C
5th
Eb
Min 7th
Gb
Root
Ab
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C
Eb
Gb
Ab

2nd Inversion

5th
Eb
Min 7th
Gb
Root
Ab
3rd
C
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Eb
Gb
Ab
C

3rd Inversion

Min 7th
Gb
Root
Ab
3rd
C
5th
Eb
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
Gb
Ab
C
Eb

How to find Ab Dominant with my three-finger-method

This is the method taught in my book "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols"

Step 1) Use the Fourth

Find the Root and the Fourth up from the Root. (See my tutorial on finding fourths).

Root
Ab
Root
Ab
4th
Db

Step 2) Move the right hand down

Move the root a whole-step down (two keys to the left on the piano) and the other note (the fourth) a half-step to the left (on key down on the piano).

Root
Ab
Min 7th
Gb
3rd
C

How to Find 7th Chords with Nate's Three Finger Method

  • Major 7th chords: bring both fingers down a half-step
  • Minor 7th chords: bring both fingers down a whole-step
  • Dominant 7th chords: bring the Root down a whole-step, the fourth down a half-step
  • Diminished 7th chords: bring the Root down a minor third, the fourth down a whole-step

If you would like to learn more about my method, pick up "How to Speed Read Piano Chord Symbols".

Other Dominant 7th Chords