Ab Minor 7th Piano Chord

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

The Notes in an Ab Minor 7th Chord

The Root

This is one is easy. All you have to do to find the root of a chord is look at the name of the chord. It's the first part of the name! If it's an Ab Minor 7th chord, the root is Ab!

The Min 3rd

The minor third of an Ab Minor 7th 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 Min 7th

The minor seventh of an Ab Minor 7th 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 Minor 7th

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

3rd Inversion

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

How to find Ab Minor 7th 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 both fingers in right hand a whole-step down (two keys to the left on the piano). (A half-step is the next key.)

Root
Ab
Min 7th
Gb
Min 3rd
Cb

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 Minor 7th Chords

Other Ab Chords