6th Chords Guitar Lesson

beginning guitarist chord theory series: how to learn guitar chords - beginner to advanced chords music theory Jan 26, 2021

This is a 6th Chords Guitar Lesson. It's all about 6th chords, guitar chord shapes to play them, the music theory of where they come from, and how to use them. 

Weekly Lesson #59

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Lesson Description

6th chords aren't just another boring chord type. Yes, they sound delicious, but that's not what I mean. There's something else that's special and odd about them. Follow along as I explain major 6 chords and minor 6 chords, what makes them unique, and how to start enjoying them. Plus I snuck in a little 6th chords guitar solo (I couldn't help it). 


Video Lesson Content Outline with Links:

0:00 - Intro / About this lesson
0:37 - What is a 6 chord? 
1:52 - Major 6 chord 
3:02 - Minor 6 chord
4:04 - Minor 6 example in famous progression
4:33 - Summary of major 6th & minor 6th chords
5:12 - Major 6 chord = same notes as Minor 7
8:38 - Minor 6 chord = same notes as half-dim
10:24 - It’s okay if this is confusing!
11:16 - Why use 6th chords? 
12:07 - How to practice 6th chords
12:52 - 6th chords guitar shapes in the key of E
14:37 - 6 vs 13 / coming up next / outro


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Resources used to make this video

  • Resources used to make this video:
  • Notion iPad app for drawing chord diagram
  • Adobe suite for chord diagrams
  • guitarscientist.com for blank fretboard 


Final Thoughts

6th chords—major 6 chords and minor 6 chords—are some of my favorite chord types. This lesson opens up a can of worms by showing us that the major 6 chord is an inversion of minor 7, and that the minor 6 chord is an inversion of half-diminished. Seeing how these 6th chords guitar shapes overlap with other chord shapes we might be familiar is just the beginning. So much music overlaps and relates in this same way, which somehow both simplifies and complicates things simultaneously. 

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and found it beneficial. Let me know what you thought. 

Thanks! :) 

- Jared

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