How to Play Ab Major Chord: From the Easiest to the Hardest

Depending on the perspective you see it, the Ab major chord can also be the G# major chord. This chord doesn’t allow an open chord shape. Therefore, the standard version has the shape of a barre chord. It has been used in many genres, but especially in rock, blues, and metal. It’s a very interesting chord that can be played with different shapes other than the barre chord, and today we’ll explore some of those shapes.

If you’re interested in composing some music using this chord, we recommend you try the other chords that belong to the key of Ab major, such as Bbm, Cm, Db, Eb, Fm, and G diminished. If you’d like to go beyond that, you can try some chords from other keys like Fm, Cm, and Eb major!

We’ll show you the different shapes that you can try to play this amazing chord. This way, you’ll have options before you can produce good-sounding barre chords. We’ll show you these chords in order of difficulty, starting with the easiest one!

Easy Ab Major Chord Shape

Since the standard version of this chord is a barre chord, you should learn how to play a simple shape first. Here we have a great alternative that you can use while you’re still learning how to play the standard Ab major chord shape. Try it with your index finger pressing all the strings. This way, you’ll train your finger to play barre chords!

Ab Major Chord

Ab Major Triad Chord Shapes

Knowing how to play the different inversions and positions that this chord has along the fretboard will give you many options to play this chord. Not only that, but it will also help you find other sounds using the same chord! Each of these chord shapes has its sound and feeling, and it would be great for every guitarist to know them! Let’s check some of these chord shapes:

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Standard Ab Major Chord Shape

The standard Ab major chord is pretty interesting sounding. It has many tones of dark and bright sounds with a cheerful twist, making it pretty good to play around with! Since this is a barre chord, we recommend you practice as much as possible since it can be a little challenging for beginner guitarists. Don’t be afraid! It just takes a few hours of practice and you’ll be ready to play this and almost every other barre chord!

We recommend you follow these tips to get your hand used to playing barre chords:

  • Press with the side of your index finger the whole set of strings on the first frets. For now, just use that finger until you produce a good sound out of all the strings.
  • As soon as you can play all the notes with your index finger pressing them, you can proceed to place the other fingers where they belong to play the chord.
  • Practice the chord as much as you can. You can do that by pressing and releasing the strings while following the shape.

Without further ado, let’s check the standard Ab major chord shape:

Ab Major Chord

Ab Major Barre Chord Shape

There’s another way in which you can play the Ab major barre chord! It has a higher pitch, and the sound is even brighter. We recommend learning the standard version first since this one is a bit more challenging. Follow the next image to learn how to play the second Ab major barre chord:

Ab Major Chord


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