Minor 6th Chords... (m6)

The Theory

A minor 6th chord is a chord having a root, a minor third, a perfect fifth and a major 6th. It is basically a minor chord with an added 6th. (A minor chord is a chord with a root, minor 3rd and perfect 5th)

The chord can be written as m6 or min6, with m6 being the most common.

The chord formula for a minor 6 chord is 1 - ♭3 - 5 - 6

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Example: Calculating a Dm6 chord
  • Minor 6 Chords consist of the 1st, ♭3rd, 5th and 6th notes of the Major Scale
  • 'D' chords, are based on the D major scale which has 2 sharps - F# & C#. The scale reads as follows: D - E - F# - G - A - B - C#
  • Formula for minor 6 chords: 1 - ♭3 - 5 - 6
  • Make the note substitutions by applying the formula to notes in the scale.
  • 1 = D, ♭3 = ♭(F#) = F, 5 = A , 6 = B
  • Dm6 reads as follows: D - F - A - B
Minor 6th Chords Table
m6 A B♭ B C C# D E♭ E F F# G A♭
Root A B♭ B C C# D E♭ E F F# G A♭
Minor 3rd C D♭ D E♭ E F G♭ G A♭ A B♭ C♭(B)
Perfect 5th E F F# G G# A B♭ B C C# D E♭
Major 6th F# G G# A A# B C C# D D# E F

Minor 6th Chords - Right Handers

Minor 6th Chords - Left Handers

Major Guitar Chords for Lefties


Minor 6th Lefty Chords - Part 1

Minor 6th Lefty Chords - Part 2
Minor 6th Lefty Chords - Part 3
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