A Flat Minor Guitar Scale - Left Handed Pattern Diagrams

Just like the A Flat Major scale, the A Flat Minor scales consists of seven notes.

These notes are as follows

Ab - Bb - Cb - Db - Eb - Fb - Gb

If you are unfamiliar with the Major scale, I suggest you get comfortable with that first before moving onto the Minor Scale.

The A Flat Minor scale is a diatonic scale, which simply means as you work through the scale you do so in one of two steps.

The two steps are

  • Whole Step (W)
  • Half Step (H)

The A Flat Minor step intervals are

Whole - Half - Whole - Whole - Half - Whole - Whole

Or to simplify

W - H - W - W - H - W - W

The 5 Patterns of the A Flat Minor Scale - Left Handed

A pattern is a set of notes that are played one after the other. There are five different patterns that can be played in A Flat Minor, each of which are inter-connected across the fretboard.

The notes of the scale are displayed on the fretboard by the light grey circles, with the darker blue circles highlighting the root notes. The root notes are always A Flat tones. The numbers on each circle indicate which finger should play the note. The patterns are as follows

Left Handed Pattern 1

Left Handed A Flat Minor Scale 3rd Position

Left Handed Pattern 2

Left Handed A Flat Minor Scale 6th Position

Left Handed Pattern 3

Left Handed A Flat Minor Scale 8th Position

Left Handed Pattern 4

Left Handed A Flat Minor Scale 10th Position

Left Handed Pattern 5

Left Handed A Flat Minor Scale 12th Postion

Related Chords for the A Flat Minor Scale

Knowing the A Flat Minor Scale is great, but what is ever better is to know which chords work well with this scale. This can be determined using the degree of the scale.

Knowing which chords work well with a particular scale allows you to enhance your improvisation and ultimately build songs, we'll even highlight some popular songs which are in the key of A Flat Minor later. The A Flat Minor Scale has the following related chords.

Degree Chord Type Scale Note Tonic Chord Tonic 7th Chord
1 m Ab Abm Abm7
2 dim Bb Bbdim Bbm7b5
3 maj Cb Cb Cbmaj7
4 m Db Dbm Dbm7
5 m Eb Ebm Ebm7
6 maj Fb Fb Fbmaj7
7 maj Gb Gb Gb7

Songs in the Key of A Flat Minor

Some of the most popular and recognisable songs are in the key of A Flat Minor. Let's check some out.

  • Don't Cry by Guns N' Roses
  • B.Y.O.B by System Of A Down
  • The Unforgiven II by Metallica
  • Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
  • Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles

Related Scales