Minor Sixth Chords
Let’s look at how to build an Em6 (“E minor sixth”) chord on the piano. We can use this pattern to build any other minor sixth chord.
What Are Minor Sixth Chords?
To convert the minor chord into a minor sixth chord, we’ll add the sixth note of the matching major scale.
How to Build an Em6 Chord on the Piano
So to play an Em6 chord we’ll play:
E – G – B – C♯
We can use this pattern to build any other minor sixth chord, by building a minor 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 build an Em6 chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build any other minor sixth chord!
It’s nice to know how to build different types of chords, so we have lots of options at the piano. Minor sixth chords can sometimes make nice substitutions for minor chords, since the extra note creates more of an open sound.