A6 guitar chords

A - C# - E - F#

Chord Theory

A6 guitar chords consist of the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th notes of the diatonic root scale of A Major.

  • A Major Scale: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#
  • Chord: A sixth - written as A6
  • Formula: 1 - 3 - 5 - 6
  • Notes: A - C# - E - F#

A6 - A sixth (1-3-5-6)

Spelling: 1st(A), 3rd(C#), 5th(E), 6th(F#)

Chart Legend Numbered Circles: number inside circle indicates which finger to use
X: Don't play string
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
X on string with optional note: if you omit the note, don't play string
Unmarked strings: Play open
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

TAB: Numbers represent frets - not finger positions
Blank Strings: Do not Play
0: play string open
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  • In the second position try and avoid the 5th string. It is easier to barre the whole 5th fret to play this chord but the 5th string is a D note which is not part of the chord. If you are finger-picking, this is easy to do - a little harder if you are strumming.
  • The A6 chord is a versatile chord that can be used in a variety of different genres of music, including jazz, blues, and pop. 
  • Often used in jazz as a tonic chord or sometimes substitututed for an Amaj7 chord.
  • Common in pop music, especially in songs that have a retro or vintage feel. It can create a nostalgic or romantic mood, or add some spice to a simple melody. 
  • Can be found in country music, where it can add some twang and flavor to the traditional major chords. It can also be used to create contrast or tension with the minor chords in the key of A minor. 
  • The chord can be used to create a sense of sadness or melancholy, but it can also be used to create a sense of sweetness or brightness. 
  • Standard keys using the A6 chord: D/Bm, A/F#m, E/C#m. Each of the major keys and their relative minor keys share the same notes. The A6 chord (A - C# - E - F#) utilizes notes belonging to the D Major/Bm Scale ( D-E-F#-G-A-B-C#), the A Major/F#m Scale (A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G#), and the E Major/C#m Scale (E-F#-G#-A-B-C#-D#).

Practice: If you want to practice playing a song with A6 chords, you may like to try some of the following:

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