Ab Major Piano Chord

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

The Notes in an Ab Major Chord

The Root

You'll have no trouble finding the root of an Ab Major chord, because it's what gives an Ab Major chord it's name: It's the note Ab.

The 3rd

The third of an Ab Major 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 5th

The fifth of an Ab Major 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 Major

Root Position

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

1st Inversion

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

2nd Inversion

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

Other Major Chords

C, C#, Db, D, D#, Eb, E, F, F#, Gb, G, G#, Ab, A, A#, Bb, B

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