Overview

There are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the G# or Ab major chord on the mandolin.

In this article you can find the most common G# or Ab major chord positions – displayed on the slideshow above, fingered for your convenience. If you need help to understand how to play them, you will find step-by-step instructions at the middle of this article. Finally, the article closes with a chord chart for future reference, feel free to print it.

What is a G#/Ab major Chord?

The G#/Ab major chord is a triad that consists of the following notes:

  • G# (Ab), which is the root
  • B# (D), which is the 3rd
  • D# (Eb), which is the 5th

Here you can see the G# major chord written on a pentagram:

G# major chord

And here you can see the Ab major written on a pentagram:

Ab major chord

 

 

Playing the G#/Ab major chord on the mandolin

G#Ab major
This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard to play this chord:

  • Index finger barre on 1st fret of fourth and third strings.
  • Third finger on 3rd fret of second string
  • Fourth finger on 4th fret of first string.

 

Ab:C major chord
This is how you place your left hand on the fretboard to play this chord:

  • Fourth finger on 5th fret of fourth string
  • Index finger on 1st fret of third string.
  • Second finger on 3rd fret of second string
  • Third finger on 4th fret of first string.

For your Reference

If you feel like learning how to play G# (Ab) major on every possible position on the mandolin, see below a Chord Chart diagram for your reference.

G#(Ab)chord charts

 

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