Minor 6th chords

The Minor 6th chord is a four-note chord that adds the sixth degree note in the scale to the minor triad. By comparing Cm with Cm6 we could see that the notes changes from C, Eb, G to C, Eb, G, A. The chord can be a substitute for a common minor, but could sound somewhat dissonant depending on the musical circumstances.

Minor 6th chords in open positions


  • Cm6 chord diagram


  • Dm6 chord diagram


  • Em6 chord diagram


  • Fm6 chord diagram


  • Gm6 chord diagram


  • Am6 chord diagram


  • Bm6 chord diagram


These are, generally, chords in open position, with Cm6 as an exception which is a closed chord (having no loose strings). Also noticeable is that Cm6, Fm6 and Bm6 are played with alternative bass notes, see different versions below.

Chord construction

Cm6  x - x - Eb - A - C - G
Dm6  x - x - D - A - B - F
Em6  E - B - E - G - C# - E
Fm6  x - x - D - Ab - C - F
Gm6  G - Bb - E - G - D - E
Am6  x - A - E - A - C - F#
Bm6  x - x - D - G# - B - F#
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Cm6  C - Eb - G - A
Dm6  D - F - A - B
Em6  E - G - B - C#
Fm6  F - Ab - C - D
Gm6  G - Bb - D - E
Am6  A - C - E - F#
Bm6  B - D - F# - G#
The intervals are 1 – b3 – 5 – 6

Movable minor 6th chord

The Minor 6th can be played as a barre chord. The diagram below shows a barre shape with the root note on the 6th string and based on the Em6 shape.

chord shape 6th chord

To play, for example, F#m6 the short notation is: 244242.

Chord progressions

Here is one chord sequence in the key of G that include a minor 6th:

G - Dm6 - E7 - Am7 - D7 - G

Notice that the Dm6 fits well before E7 since both include a B note, which for example Dm doesn't.

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