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How to play minor and major 6 chords on the guitar | 24 Diagrams and voicings

6 chordsMajor 6 and minor 6 chords are often used in place of major 7 and minor 7 chords when comping over jazz standards. That's why it is very important to be able to play them on the guitar neck. There are two main types of chords that contains a sixth, M6 and m6. These chords are made up of 4 notes and built with the interval patterns :

  • R-3-5-6 for the major 6 chords.
  • R-b3-5-6 for the minor 6 chords.

In this post you will see how to play these major 6 and minor 6 chords (root and inverted positions) using 24 guitar diagrams and voicing charts.

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Drop 2 major 6 guitar chord voicings and diagrams

Major sixth chords are made up of four notes. They are built with a root (1), a major third (3), a perfect fifth (5) and major sixth (6). They can be written M6 or simply 6. There are no differences between a CM6 and a C6 chord. 

The 12 following guitar diagrams and voicings are from the drop 2 major 7th chord shapes with the 7th lowered by 2 semitones. In other words, the 7th is replaced by the 6th.

Root position  R 5 6 3
1st inversion (third in the bass) 3 6 R 5
2nd inversion (fifth in the bass) 5 R 3 6
3rd inversion (sixth in the bass) 6 3 5 R

 

Major 6 guitar chord diagram

Major 6 guitar chord shape

Major 6 guitar chord position

Major 6 guitar chord bass on sixth string six in the bass

Major 6 guitar chord bass on 5th string

Major 6 guitar chord bass on 5th string third in the bass

Major 6 guitar chord diagram fifth string fifth in the bass

Major 6 guitar chord bass on fifth string sixth in the bass

Major 6 guitar chord bass on fourth string

Major 6 guitar chord bass on fourth string third in the bass

Major 6 guitar chord bass on fourth string fifth in the bass

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Drop 2 minor 6 guitar chord voicings and diagrams

A Minor 6th chord is constructed with four notes. This is a minor triad with a 6th added. min6 chords are made up of a root (1), a minor third (b3), a perfect fifth (5) and sixth (6). In comparison with the major 6 chords, they have a minor third instead of a major third. To build a minor 6 chord from a minor seventh chord, you must have to lower the minor seventh by a semitone.

Here are the voicings related to the 12 minor 6 guitar chord shapes below based on the drop 2 minor seventh guitar chords.

Root position  R 5 6 b3
1st inversion (third in the bass) b3 6 R 5
2nd inversion (fifth in the bass) 5 R b3 6
3rd inversion (sixth in the bass) 6 b3 5 R

 

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