How to Play a B Flat 6 Chord on the Piano

Sixth Chords

Let’s look at how to play a B flat 6 chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other sixth chord.

What Are Sixth Chords?

Sixth chords are major chords with an added note. The added note is the sixth note of the matching major scale.

So to play a sixth chord, we’ll start with a major chord. Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale. Then to convert the major chord into a sixth chord, we’ll add the sixth note of the matching major scale.

How to Play a B Flat 6 Chord

To play a B flat 6 chord on the piano, we’ll start with a B flat major chord: B♭ – D – F (the first, third and fifth notes of the B flat major scale). Then we’ll add the sixth note of the B flat major scale, a G, to the chord.

So to play a B flat 6 chord, we’ll play:

B♭ – D – F – G

b flat 6 chord piano

We can use this pattern to play any other sixth chord, by first building a major chord, then adding the sixth note of the matching major scale!

piano chords chart pdf printable

Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 35-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note and type.

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

Major
Minor
Augmented
Diminished
Second
Minor Second
Suspended
Fifth
Minor Sixth
Seventh
Minor Seventh
Major Seventh
Ninth
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to play a B flat 6 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other sixth chord!

Sixth chords can sometimes be used as chord substitutions for major chords, since they are only adding one extra note. They can give you another fun option when playing creatively at the piano!

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