The Ab minor chord is most commonly played as a bar chord. The chord itself contains the note B, which means the chord can technically be played as an open chord (see the first shape in the image below), but this is not a common way of playing the chord, even if it is the easiest.

The Abm chord is enharmonically the same as G#m.

Some Quick Abm Chord Theory

  • The A flat minor chord contains the notes Ab, Cb and Eb.
  • The Ab minor chord is produced by playing the 1st (root), flat 3rd and 5th notes of the Ab Major scale.
  • The Ab minor chord (just like all minor chords) contains the following intervals (from the root note): minor 3rd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th (back to the root note).
  • A minor is the relative minor of Cb Major.
  • A flat minor is the first chord in the key of A flat minor. The seven chords in the key of A flat minor are: Abm, Bb diminished, Cb+, Dbm, Eb, Fb, G diminished

10 Ways To Play The A Flat Minor Chord

If you’ve come to this page just to view some chord diagrams for Abm, here they are.

Ab Minor Chord - 10 Shapes

Further Reading

  • Ab natural minor scale
  • A harmonic minor scale
  • How minor chords work
  • Chords page
  • A minor arpeggio