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
Outro...I hope you have enjoyed this section on 6th Guitar Chords. Although 6th chords are not used very often in modern music, they do provide variation and interest.
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...