6th guitar chords - consist of a major triad plus an added major 6th interval - it has a root, a major 3rd, a perfect 5th and a major 6th.
Put simply, a 6th chord is a major chord with an added 6th - a major 6th chord.
The symbol for a 6th chord is simly 6, e.g., a C major 6th chord would be written as C6.
The chord formula for a 6th chord is 1 - 3 - 5 - 6
The featured song for this session is Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed. It is a great introduction to playing a 6th chord, and will give you a handy insight into how a 6 chord can influence the overall sound and feel of a song.
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#
6th (6) Chord Table
6 Chords - Right Handerssix OR major sixth
6 Chords - Left Handerssix OR major sixth
Play this in 4:4 time, at a moderate tempo. Each chord is to be played for the whole bar. It's an interesting sound and can be a great way to finish a song in any particular key. Next time you play a tune in any given key, try finishing the song with the key 6th chord. See what you think...