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. It is built with a root (1), major third (3), perfect fifth (5), sixth (6) and 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) gives you C6/9. You can see the post about quartal harmony for more information regarding to chords in fourths.

Differences Between Chords

Some type of chords can be confusing. Here is a summary chart.

Cmaj6 C E G A      
Interval Pattern 1 3 5 6      
Cmaj13 C E G B D F A
Interval Pattern 1 3 5 7 9 11 13
Cmaj9 C E G B D    
Interval Pattern 1 3 5 7 9    
C 6/9  C E G A D    
Interval Pattern 1 3 5 6 9    

 

Chord Symbols and Notation

6/9 chords can be written 6-9, 69, 6/9 or 6add9.

6/9 chord voicings

As you can see, 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, we get a m11 chord. This chart below shows you the relationship between C 6/9 and Em11. 

C6/9 C E A D G
Intervals 1 3 6 9 5
Em11   E A D G
Intervals   1 4 (11) b7 b3

 

6/9 guitar chord diagrams - Root on sixth string

6/9 guitar chord shape - Roots on sixth and first string.

6/9 guitar chord diagram 6

6/9 guitar chord diagram - Root on sixth string.

6/9 guitar chord diagram

6/9 guitar chord diagrams - Root on fifth string

6/9 guitar chord shape - Root on fifth string.

6 9 guitar chord diagram 5

6/9 guitar chord shape - Root on fifth string - No fifth.

6 9 guitar chord diagram 8

6/9 guitar chord diagrams - Root on fourth string

6/9 guitar chord shape - Root on fourth string - No third.

6/9 guitar chord diagram 4

6/9 guitar chord shape - Root on fourth string - No fifth.

6/9 guitar chord diagram 7

How to use 6/9 chords?

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

II V I guitar comping 6 chords

In this example, G7 is replaced by G6. Then two chords, C6/9 and Cmaj6 are played instead of Cmaj7.

II-V-I guitar comping 6-9 chords

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Last edited: 04/10/2019