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Thread: 6th chords

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    6th chords

    Geez everyone around here knows so much about theory it gives me a headache.

    Just curious where 6th chords are commonly used. Can anybody give me an example? Thanks in advance.
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    My instructor had me learn some 6th chords to add another voice..... we have at least 3 acoustic guitars playing open strings chords in our band ... the two vocalists and myself -- I'm THE rhythm backup guy, not just another pretty face. Playing 6th chords is a way of adding another voice.

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    fdbk,

    With 6th chords always watch out what the root note is cos they can be looked at as a 7th chord equivalent.

    Ex.1: Major 6th chord:

    Let's take F6 chord. If we spell it we get the following set of notes - (f a c d). Here we have F as a root note. Now let's put D in bass instead: (d f a c). See? Now it's no longer F6 but Dm7.

    Ex.1: Minor 6th chord:

    This time we'll consider Dm6 chord. Again, the spelling goes like (d f a b). With B in bass the chord becomes Bm7b5 containing the same notes.

    So you can view 6th chords as an inversion of 7th chords (based on the above examples):

    * F6 = Dm7/F (major 6th = minor 7th)
    * Dm6 = Bm7b5 (minor 6th = half-diminished)

    For this reason even major 6th chords may sound not so major
    Nothing so very special about 6th chords family indeed and they are used everywhere where you need an additional voice, like Malcolm said.

    Zatz.
    Zadd9 -> A6 -> T#9b5 -> Zmaj7

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    OK makes sense, thanks guys.
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