Ab Minor Piano Chord

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

The Notes in an Ab Minor 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 Minor chord is Ab.

The Min 3rd

The minor third of an Ab Minor chord is Cb. The minor third is up three half-steps from the Root.

Finding Cb from Ab step by step:

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

The 5th

The fifth of an Ab Minor chord is Eb. The fifth is down five half-steps from the Root.

Finding Eb from Ab step by step:

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

The Inversions of Ab Minor

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

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