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How to play the Abdim7 chord on guitar

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The Abdim7 chord

The Abdim7 chord, pronounced "A flat diminished seventh," is a complex and dissonant chord that adds tension and mystery to musical compositions. It consists of the notes Ab, B, D, and F, creating a haunting sound that resolves beautifully to other chords. The Abdim7 is often used in jazz, classical, and film scores to evoke feelings of suspense or unease.

There are many ways to play a chord. Here's a diagram for the most common Abdim7 chord. We've also included other versions below.

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Finger placement for Abdim7 chord

The most common way to play the Abdim7 chord on guitar is as a barre chord on the 4th fret.

Follow these finger positions to play a Abdim7 chord on your guitar:

  1. Place your index finger on the 4th fret of all six strings, creating a barre.
  2. Place your middle finger on the 5th fret of the 3rd (G) string.
  3. Place your ring finger on the 5th fret of the 5th (A) string.
  4. Place your pinky finger on the 5th fret of the 4th (D) string.

To strum this chord, play all six strings together in a downward motion starting from the low E string.

How to play an easy Abdim7 chord on guitar

If you're a beginner looking to play a simpler version of the Abdim7 chord, try this:

Fret the 4th string at the 1st fret with your 1st finger. Then, fret the 2nd string at the 2nd fret with your 3rd finger. Strum only these two strings together. This two-note shape works as a basic Abdim7 voicing.

How to play a Abdim7 bar chord

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Common Abdim7 chord progressions

The Abdim7 chord is often used as a passing chord to add tension and complexity to progressions, creating a sense of movement and resolution. Some common chord progressions featuring the Abdim7 chord include:

  • I - Abdim7 - I (C - Abdim7 - C)
  • I - IV - Abdim7 - I (C - F - Abdim7 - C)
  • I - vi - Abdim7 - V7 (C - Am - Abdim7 - G7)
  • ii - V7 - Abdim7 - I (Dm - G7 - Abdim7 - C)
  • vi - Abdim7 - ii - V7 (Am - Abdim7 - Dm - G7) Used in "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor

Drills to master the Abdim7 chord

To master the Abdim7 guitar chord, start by playing each note individually, focusing on clean and clear tone production. Once comfortable, practice transitioning between the notes in different orders, such as Ab-Cb-Ebb-Gbb, Gbb-Ebb-Cb-Ab, or Cb-Ab-Gbb-Ebb.

Next, work on playing the notes simultaneously as a chord. Begin with slow, deliberate strumming, ensuring all notes ring out together. As you gain confidence, gradually increase your strumming speed and experiment with different rhythmic patterns to develop fluidity and control over the Abdim7 chord.

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Songs that feature the Abdim7 chord

Here are 10 popular songs you can play with the Abdim7 chord.

  1. All the Things You Are by Jerome Kern (Fm7, Bbm7, Eb7, Abdim7, Dm7, G7, Cmaj7)
  2. I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin (Bb6, G7, Cm7, F7, Dm7, G7, Cm7, F7, Fm7, Bb7, Abdim7, Gm7, C7, Fm7, Bb7, Eb6, Cm7, F7)
  3. A Foggy Day by George Gershwin (F6, Abdim7, Gm7, C7, Dm7, G7, Gm7, C7, Am7, D7, Gm7, C7, F6, Abdim7, Gm7, C7, F6)
  4. Night and Day by Cole Porter (Dm7, G7b9, Cmaj7, C6, Abdim7, Dm7, G7)
  5. The Song Is You by Jerome Kern (Cmaj7, Abdim7, Dm7, G7, Em7, Ebdim7, Dm7, G7)
  6. Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael (Gm7, C9, Fmaj7, Abdim7, Gm7, Bbm6, Fmaj7)
  7. Body and Soul by Johnny Green (Dm7b5, G7b9, Cmaj7, Am7, Dm7, Abdim7, Gm7, C7b9)
  8. Misty by Erroll Garner (Eb6, Cm7, Fm7, Bb7, Abdim7, Gm7b5, C7b9, Fm7, Bb7, Eb6)
  9. Over the Rainbow by Harold Arlen (Bbmaj7, Gm7, Abdim7, Dm7, G7, Cm7, F7)
  10. How High the Moon by Morgan Lewis (Gmaj7, Abdim7, Am7, D7, Gmaj7)

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