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The A flat major scale has four flats (Ab, Bb, Db, and Eb), and it is not used often in classical guitar music. It is far more common in classical piano and orchestral music, being, for example, one of Chopin's favorite keys. The relative minor scale of A flat major is F minor. The notes that make up the A flat major scale are the same ones used for the B flat dorian mode, C phrygian, D flat lydian, E flat mixolydian, F aeolian, and G locrian.

Below you will find the seven shapes that you can use to play the A flat major scale on your guitar. You will also find a table of chords you can use with the A flat major scale, together with their harmonic function.



Ab major
Pattern I

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Ab major
Pattern II

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Ab major
Pattern III

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Ab major
Pattern IV

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Ab major
Pattern V

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Ab major
Pattern VI

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Ab major
Pattern VII

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The following chords can be played when using the A flat major scale.

I
    Ab 
I7
    Ab7
 
ii
    Bbm
II7
    Bb7
ii7b5
    Bbm7b5 
iii
    Cm
III7
    C7 
bIII
    B 
IV
    Db 
ii7b5/iii
    Dm7b5 
iv
    Dbm
V
    Eb
V7
    Eb7
v
    Ebm
vi
    Fm
VI7
    F7 
bVI
    E 
vii
    Gdim
vii7b5 
    Gm7b5 
bVII
    Gb