How to Play an F6 Chord on the Piano

Sixth Chords

Let’s look at how to play an F6 (“F sixth”) 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 an F6 Chord

To play an F6 chord, we’ll start with an F major chord. We can build an F major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the F major scale: F – A – C

Then we’ll add the sixth note of the F major scale to the chord: D

So to play an F6 chord, we’ll play: F – A – C – D

f6 chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other sixth chord! We can first build a major chord, then we can add the sixth note of the matching major scale.

chord types piano printable pdf

Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 34-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note (C, D, E, etc.) and type (major, minor, augmented, diminished, etc.).

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 build an F6 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other sixth chord!

Using chords to learn the piano is a wonderful way to enjoy and create music!

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