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?
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
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!
Other Chord Types
Some other chord types you can learn are:
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!