Minor 6th Chords (m6) | Guitar Chord Shapes and Voicing Charts

What's a Minor 6th Chord ?

A minor 6th chord is built with four notes. It is a minor triad (1 b3 5) with a 6th added. It is made up of :

  • Root (1) 
  • Minor third (b3)
  • Perfect fifth (5)
  • Sixth (6)

What's the Difference Between min 6 and maj 6?

In comparison with major 6 chords, minor 6  have a minor third (b3) instead of a major third (3).

Exemple with 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 minor 6 C Eb G A
Intervals 1 b3 5 6
C major 6 C E G A
Intervals1 1 3 5 6

 

What is The Difference Between min 6 chord and min 7 chord?

Minor seventh chord formula is 1 - b3 - 5 - b7 whereas minor 6 is 1 - b3 - 5 - 6. In other words, to build a minor 6 chord from a minor seventh chord, you just have to lower the minor seventh with a semitone.

C minor 6 C Eb G A
Intervals 1 b3 5 6
C minor 7 C Eb G Bb
Intervals 1 b3 5 b7

Comparison With half-diminished Chord (m7b5)

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 chord is built the same as a minor 6 chord three semitones higher.

Am7b5 C Eb G  
Cminor 6   C Eb G A

 

Chord Symbols and Notation

Minor 6 chords can be written m6 or min6. 

Drop 2 Minor Sixth Chords | Guitar Diagrams and Voicings

The chart below show the 4 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 3 Minor Sixth Chords | Guitar Diagrams and Voicings

 Here are 2 guitar neck diagrams with four drop 3 minor 6 shapes. 

Root position  R 6 b3 5
1st inversion (third in the bass) b3 R 5 6
2nd inversion (fifth in the bass) 5 b3 6 R
3rd inversion (sixth in the bass) 6 5 R b3

 

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Last edited: 06/13/2019