Abm Guitar Chord For Beginners

Want to learn how to play the A flat minor guitar chord? We’re going to show you how! 

Abm guitar chord

In this free guitar lesson you will learn:

  • 4 quick & easy ways to play the Abm guitar chord.
  • The no1 secret to learning chords quickly.
  • 3 top chord hacks which will make your chords sound amazing.

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The two most common ways to play an Abm guitar chord are:

  • Abm guitar chord. (Em barre shape.)
  • Abm guitar chord. (Am barre shape.)

Let’s learn them.

Both of these chords are barre chords.  If you don’t know how to barre chords, watch this video:

Abm Guitar Chord (Em Shape)

We refer to this barre chord as the ‘Em barre shape’ because it is based on an Em chord.

Let’s compare.

Here’s a Em chord:

Em

Learn to play this chord here: 4 Easy Ways To Play The Em Guitar Chord

Here’s the Abm guitar chord. (Em barre shape.)

Abm guitar chord

(If you don't understand the above image please read our article "How To Read Guitar Chordboxes In 60 Seconds". It will make everything clear!)

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Can you see how the regular Em shape fits within the the Abm guitar chord?

To play this chord:

  • Barre your 1st finger over ALL the strings on the 4th fret.
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 6th fret of the A string. (5th string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 6th fret of the D string. (4th string.)

This chord is also known as the ‘Abm guitar chord (root note on the low E string)’.

This is because the root note can be found on the low E string. (6th string.)

Abm Guitar Chord (Am Shape)

In the guitar world, we refer to this barre chord shape as the ‘Am shape’. This is because this chord is based on a standard Am chord.

Here’s an Am chord:

Am Chord

Learn the Am chord here: Am Guitar Chord For Beginners

Here’s the Abm guitar chord. (Am barre shape.)

Abm guitar chord

To play this chord:

  • Barre your first finger on the 11th fret from the A string (5th string) to the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 13th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 13th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 12th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Strum from the A string. (5th string.)

This chord can also be called:

  • Abm guitar chord. (Root on the A string.)

This is because the root note of this chord is found on the A string. (5th string.)

Learn more about root notes here: Guitar Notes Explained: A Guide For Beginners

Quick Tip!

In music, whenever you see a lowercase ‘b’ you pronounce it like this, ‘flat’.

So the correct way to pronounce the Ab minor guitar chord would be like this: ‘A flat minor chord’.

Minor chords can be written in a variety of different ways. Here are a few examples:

  • Ab minor.
  • A flat minor.
  • Abm. (The lower case ‘m’ stands for minor!)

Now we’ve learned how to play the two most popular ways to play the A flat minor chord, let’s learn some easy versions.

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1) Easy A Flat Minor Chord (3 Finger Version)

This chord is perfect if you’re a beginner guitarist. Here’s why:

  • It only uses 3 fingers.
  • It’s great for enhancing your finger dexterity.
  • It’s a moveable shape, you can play over 10 different chords off of this shape!

Abm guitar chord

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 13th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 12th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 11th fret of the high E string. (1st string.)

If you fancy an added challenge, experiment with moving this chord up and down the fret board.

2) Abm Guitar Chord (Dm Shape)

This Abm guitar chord is known as the ‘Dm shape’ because it is based off a D minor chord.

A flat minor chord

  • Place your 3rd finger on the 9th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 8th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)
  • Place your 4th finger on the 9th fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 1st finger on the 7th fret of the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Strum from the D string. (4th string.)

3) Ab minor 7

If you fancy spicing up your minor chord progressions, use this chord. It has a great blues feel.

A flat minor chord

  • Place your 1st finger on the 1st fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 1st fret of the B string. (2nd string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 2nd fret of the high E string. (1st string.)
  • Strum from the D string. (4th string.)

4) A Flat Minor Guitar Chord (Semi-Barre Chord)

This chord breaches the gap between open chords and barre chords. It sounds fantastic on acoustic guitar.

A flat minor chord

  • Place your 1st finger on the 4th fret of the low E string. (6th string.)
  • Place your 2nd finger on the 4th fret of the D string. (4th string.)
  • Place your 3rd finger on the 4th fret of the G string. (3rd string.)

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How do I learn guitar chords?

Learning guitar chords can be difficult. To help you learn guitar chords, we’re going to show you 3 guitar chord hacks that will take your chords to the next level.

Chord Hack #1 Place Your Thumb In The Middle Of The Neck

Your thumb MUST be in the middle of the neck with your thumb nail pointing up towards the ceiling.

Like this:

A flat minor guitar chord

Chord Hack #2 Use The Tips of Your Fingers

When you play guitar chords you MUST use the tips of your fingers. Fret each note as close to your finger nail as possible.

Don’t use the fleshy part of your fingers as this can clutter chords and make them sound messy.

Chord Hack #3 Keep Your Fingers Straight

When you play guitar chords you must try and keep your fingers as straight as possible.

  • Your knuckle should be at a 90 degree angle whilst the rest of your hand arches over the fret board.

Like this:

A flat minor chord

Chord Hack #4 Squeeze Your Hand Every Time You Learn A New Guitar Chord

Every time you learn a new guitar chord, squeeze your fretting hand. This triggers your muscle memory and teaches your hand to remember the chord.

However, be careful. You must make sure that the chord is correct. If you squeeze your hand when the chord is incorrect, you will be teaching yourself to play the wrong chord.

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