Minor Sixth Chords
Let’s look at how to play a Gm6 chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any minor sixth chord.
What Are Minor Sixth Chords?
So to build a minor sixth chord, we’ll start by building a minor chord. Minor chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching minor scale (learn how to build a minor scale here).
How to Play a Gm6 Chord
Then we’ll add the sixth note of the G major scale, E.
So to play a Gm6 chord on the piano, we’ll play:
G – B♭ – D – E
You can use this pattern to build any minor sixth chord. First build a minor chord by playing the first, third and fifth notes of the matching minor scale. Or take the matching major chord and lower the middle note 1/2 step.
Then add the sixth note of the matching major scale to the chord, to create a minor sixth chord.
Other Chord Types
There are many other types of chords you can build. Here are some others:
Now you know how to build minor sixth chords on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build any minor sixth chord!
The patterns on the piano can be used again and again, starting on different notes, to build different types of chords. And understanding the patterns makes learning the piano so much more enjoyable!