6/9 Guitar Chords
... a major 6th with an added 9th
6/9 guitar chords are pentad or 5-note chords consisting of a major triad plus an added major 6th interval and added 9th above the root ... but no 7th it has a root, a major 3rd, a perfect 5th, a major 6th and added 9th.
Put simply, a 6/9 chord is a major 6th chord with an added 9th.
The chord formula for a 6/9 chord is 1 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 9
Example... Calculating E6/9
- 6/9 chords consist of the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 9th notes of a Major Scale
- E chords are built around the E major scale. We need to extend the scale to include 9 notes as we need to add the 9th note which is one octave above the 2nd note.
- E major scale reads: E - F# - G# - A - B - C# - D# - E - F#
- Formula for a 6/9 chord = 1 - 3 - 5 - 6 - 9
- Substitute notes into the formula (1=E, 3=G#, 5=B, 6=C#, 9=F#)
- The E6/9 chord reads: E - G# - B - C# - F#