6/9 Chords aka 6add9 | Guitar Diagrams and Voicing Charts
What Are 6/9 Chords?
A 6/9 chord is a major chord with a 6 and a 9 added. The interval pattern is :
- root (1),
- major third (3)
- perfect fifth (5)
- sixth (6)
- ninth (9)
6/9 voicings are very cool because they have a somewhat more interesting, ambiguous and rich sound. They are great for substituting major chords.
This type of chord also can embody a fourth-stack. For example, with C6/9, we got C in the bass and three notes stacked in fourth from the third of C (EAD) giving a C6/9 chord.
Chord Symbols and Notation
6/9 chords can be written 6-9, 69, 6/9 or 6add9.
Some type of chords can be confusing. Here is a summary chart :
- maj6 chords are built with 1 3 5 6
- maj13 chords are built with 1 3 5 7 9 11 13
- maj7add13 are built with 1 3 5 7 13
- maj9 are built with 1 3 5 7 9
- 6/9 chords are built with 1 3 5 6 9
As you can see that 6/9 chords are built with a root (R) and four notes stacked in fourths (3,6,9 and 5). Starting from the major third of a 6/9 chord, you get a m11 chord. This chart below shows the relationship between C 6/9 and Em11.
Here are two 69 chord applications. In this first II-V-I in C major, we will use three chords.
- Dm11 with no root (rootless).
- G13 with no root.
- C69 with no root. If you have read right the previous explanations, this chord can be considered as Em11.
So the original progression which was Dm7 | G7 | Cmaj7 has become Dm11 | G13 | C69
In this example, G7 is replaced by G6. Then two chords, C6/9 and Cmaj6 are played instead of Cmaj7.
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Last edited: 05/14/2020