Minor 6 Arpeggios - Guitar Positions with Theory

What Are Minor 6th Arpeggios ?

Minor 6 arpeggios are made up of four notes, root (1), minor third (b3), perfect fifth (5) and sixth (6). They are built in the same way as minor 7 arpeggios but they contain a 6 instead of a 7.

How To Build a Minor 6 Arpeggio ? 

There are two ways to understand how minor 6 arpeggios are built. The first way is to take a minor triad (1-b3-5) and add a 6th.

Minor triad + 6th b3 5 6
D minor 6 arpeggio D F A B


The second way is to take the first (1), third (b3), fifth (5) and sixth (6) note of the Dorian mode.

D Dorian mode D E F G A B C
Formula 1 2 (9) b3 4 (11) 5 6 (13) b7
D minor 6 Arpeggio 1 X b3 X 5 6 (13) X


Minor 6 Arpeggios and Related Modes

We find minor 6 arpeggios in various modes other than the Dorian mode :

  • Dorian #11, fourth mode of the harmonic minor scale. Interval pattern is 1 - 2 - b3 - #4 - 5 - 6 - b7.
  • Lydian b3, fourth mode of the harmonic major scale. Interval pattern is 1 - 2 - b3 - #4 - 5 - 6 - 7. 
  • Melodic minor scale. Formula is 1 - 2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7.
  • Dorian b9, second mode of the melodic minor scale. Interval pattern is 1 - b2 - b3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - b7.

How To Play Minor 6 Arpeggio On Guitar

Here are two neck diagrams to play minor 6 arpeggios on guitar. The first on the left has roots on 6th, 4th and 1st string. The second shape on the right has roots on the 5th, third and first string.

Minor 6 arpeggios for guitar

Related Chords

Minor 6 arpeggios are generally played over minor 6 chords. Here are some basic chord shapes that fit with. For more minor 6 guitar voicings please take a tour here.


Minor 6 guitar chords

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Last edited: 19/10/2018