What to Know About the A Flat Minor Chord

Whether you’re a beginning pianist, guitarist, or another type of musician, the A flat minor chord will be essential for you to master.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the variety of scales and chords you may be feeling compelled to learn right now.

We’ll help you get started with this complete introduction to all you need to know about the A flat minor chord.

A Flat Minor Chord

To get you started, (and if you’re very new to music), you will want first to understand that A flat minor chords are simply the chords that are derived from the A flat minor scale.

A Flat Minor Scale

The A flat minor scale, or the “key” of A flat minor, is a scale that consists of the following notes [1]:

  • Ab (read A-flat)
  • Bb (read B-flat)
  • Cb (read C-flat)
  • Db (read D-flat)
  • Eb (read E-flat)
  • Gb (read G-flat)

You will notice that all notes in the A minor scale are flat. That’s seven flats, the maximum number you can find on a scale.

Chords within A Flat Minor

There is a distinct pattern to chords that are derived from natural minor keys.

That pattern is as follows: Minor, Diminishes Major, Minor, Minor, Major, Major.

Here is a more simple and explicit breakdown for you. We’ve listed the A flat minor chords, in order, based on each chord’s position relative to the A flat minor scale.

They are:

  • i- A flat minor, A flat minor seventh; or written: Abmin, Abmin7
  • iidim- B flat diminished, B flat minor seventh flat five; or written: Bbdim, Bbm7b5
  • III- C flat major, C flat major seventh; or written: Cbmaj, Cbmaj7
  • iv- D flat minor, D flat minor seventh; or written: Dbmin, Dbmin7
  • v- E flat minor, E flat minor seventh; or written: Ebmin, Ebmin7
  • VI- F flat major, F flat major seventh; or written: Fbmaj, Fbmaj7
  • VII- G flat major, G flat dominant seventh; or written: Gbmaj, Gb7

Chord Progressions

In the key of A flat minor, there are several common chord progressions that you may find as you play music in this key.

Refer to our chords and their roman numeral above to understand the following progressions:

  • i – VI – VII
  • i – iv – VII
  • i – iv – v
  • i – VI – III
  • ii – v – i

A Flat Minor Chord, Notes

When it comes to the notes in the A flat minor chords, you can usually find them grouped in triads or four-note chords.

Triads are groups of three notes together in the chord [2].

Four note chords, well we hope that’s self-explanatory…

To get you a head-start, here are the triad groups for A flat minor chords:

  • Ab,Cb,Eb
  • Bb,Db,Fb
  • Cb,Eb,Gb
  • Db,Fb,Ab
  • Eb,Gb,Bb
  • Fb,Ab,Cb
  • Gb,Bb,Db

The four-note chords are simply these triads, with the next note in the pattern. Basically, you skip the next note from that third note in the triad, and the fourth note in the chord is one note away.

Confused? Here’s an example of one: Ab, Cb, Eb, (skip a note-Fb, and your fourth note in the chord is…) Gb!

Keep Learning

To become truly proficient at whatever instrument you’re learning, don’t stop here with the A flat minor chord.

Check out our blog for more ways to keep learning, as well as benefits of learning music!

Stephanie Su

Started learning music when she was four years old, Stephanie is a music teacher and a music therapist who is highly proficient in Piano, Violin, Guitar, and Ukulele. She likes to learn, teach, and share her music playing experiences.

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