How to Play Minor and Major 6 chords on Guitar | 24 Diagrams and Voicings
- By Stef Ramin
- On 02/04/2017
- 0 comments
Major 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.
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
This printable PDF eBook provides 101 dominant arpeggio exercises with tab, theory and standard notation for the jazz, blues and rock guitarist.
Printable PDF eBook containing 40 major jazz guitar licks with tab, standard notation and audio files for beginners and intermediates.
This downloadable eBook in PDF format provides 49 jazz solo transcriptions of the greatest jazz musicians of all times with TABS, standard notation and analysis both for guitar teachers and students.
This jazz guitar method is an eBook available as a PDF with standard notation, guitar tabs, diagrams, analysis, audio files and backing tracks. You will find in this booklet 25 easy jazz guitar lines with theory using common and rare pentatonic scales.
This method is a printable PDF eBook containing 20 II-V-I jazz guitar lines with tabs and audio files both in major and minor keys
Jazz guitar comping. How to play II-V-I chord progressions on guitar with drop 2, drop 3 chords, rootless and inverted voicings. This method is a printable PDF eBook containing 50 exercises with analysis, tabs & standard notation.
This PDF method contains 11 guitar lessons with chord studies, tabs, standard notation, analysis & audio files about the main blues progressions used in jazz music.
This PDF eBook method contains 25 altered jazz guitar licks with tabs, patterns, scale charts and audio files to master, apply and develop the altered scale.
This printable method is available as a PDF file containing 40 easy dominant jazz-blues guitar lines with tabs, standard notation, analysis and scale charts.
You will find here an eBook available in PDF containing 25 soul jazz and hard bop guitar licks with tabs and standard notation in the style of Grant Green, Melvin Sparks, George Benson.These jazz lines come with tabs, standard notation, guitar neck diagrams, backing track for practice and 25 audio files for each riff.
This eBook PDF contains 25 dominant diminished jazz guitar patterns using the half-whole diminished scale and diminished 7th arpeggios.
The tritone substitution is explained through 6 jazz guitar licks with tabs/notation, youtube video links. Printable PDF eBook.
This printable PDF eBook file contains 5 jazz blues studies using only arpeggios.