6th Guitar Chords
...a major 6th with an added 9th
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 the chord is simply 6, e.g., 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. F6 is used in this song and the following is an example of how to calculate the chord.
Example... Calculating F6
- 6 chords consist of the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th notes of a Major Scale
- F chords are built around the F major scale which consists of 1 flat - Bb.
- F major scale reads: F - G - A - Bb - C - D - E - F
- Formula for a 6 chord = 1 - 3 - 5 - 6
- Substitute notes into the formula (1=F, 3=A, 5=C, 6=D)
- The F6 chord reads: F - A - C - D