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|
One interesting and useful thing to know about minor 6 chords is that they contain the same notes as m7b5. Indeed, a half-diminished seventh chord (m7b5) is made up of the same notes as a minor 6 chord three semitones higher.
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.
|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
1st inversion - Minor 6 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on 6th string
2nd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 6th string
3rd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Sixth in the bass - Bass on 6th string
Drop 2 minor sixth guitar chord shapes - Basses on 5th string
Root position - Minor 6 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on 5th string
1st inversion - Minor 6 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on 5th string
2nd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 5th string
3rd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Sixth in the bass - Bass on 5th string
Drop 2 minor sixth guitar chord shapes - Basses on 4th string
Root position - Minor 6 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on 4th string
1st inversion - Minor 6 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on 4th string
2nd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Fifth in the bass - Bass on 4th string
3rd inversion - Minor 6 chord - Sixth in the bass - Bass on 4th string
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Last edited: 31/12/2017