Minor 6th chords (m6) | Guitar chord shapes and voicings

What's a minor 6th chord ?

A minor 6th chord is built with four notes. It is essentially a minor triad with a 6th of its related scale added. Therefore, it is made up of a root (1), a minor third (b3), a perfect fifth (5) and sixth (6). In comparison with the major 6 chord, it has a minor third instead of a major third. To build a minor 6 chord from a minor seventh chord, you just have to lower the minor seventh by a semitone.

In the case of C minor, the sixth (A) is added to the C minor triad (C-Eb-G). So, Cm6 is built with C, Eb, G and A).

C major 6 C E G A
Intervals 1 3 b3 6

 

One interesting and useful thing to know about minor 6 chords is that they contain the same notes a m7b5 voicing. Indeed, a half-diminished seventh chord (m7b5) is made up of the same notes as a minor 6 chord three semitones higher.

Am7b5 C Eb G  
Cminor 6   C Eb G A

 

Chord symbols and notations

Minor 6 chords can be written m6 or min6. When a 6 is added to a four-note chord, this one is considered as 13th. The presence of a seventh converts the sixth as an extension.

Drop 2 minor sixth chords | Guitar diagrams and voicings

Here are the voicings related to the 12 minor 6 guitar chord shapes below. These positions are based on the drop 2 minor seventh guitar chords. By comparing them, you will see that the sixth has simply replaced the minor seventh.

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

 

Drop 2 minor sixth guitar chord shapes - Basses on 6th string

Root position - Minor 6 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on 6th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 8

1st inversion - Minor 6 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on 6th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 9

2nd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 6th string
Minor 6 guitar chord 11

3rd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Sixth in the bass - Bass on 6th string
Minor 6 guitar chord 12

Drop 2 minor sixth guitar chord shapes - Basses on 5th string

Root position - Minor 6 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on 5th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 4

1st inversion - Minor 6 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on 5th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 5

2nd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 5th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 6

3rd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Sixth in the bass - Bass on 5th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 7

Drop 2 minor sixth guitar chord shapes - Basses on 4th string

Root position - Minor 6 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on 4th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 1

1st inversion - Minor 6 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on 4th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 10

2nd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 4th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 2

3rd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Sixth in the bass - Bass on 4th string

Minor 6 guitar chord 3 1

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