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Old 06-09-2014, 11:34 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by cdgraves
I've just never seen "b6" indicated as a chord tone, so I hesitate to pioneer such a usage myself. Sometimes you see 6 in ambiguous places, in which case I think context is the best way to determine which 6th is appropriate. Since there is no weird key change stuff going on, I would assume the diatonic minor 6th in this situation.

Usually, yes, you do assume a major 6th. It's very often stated as a "dorian 6th", in a ii-V progression. I'm not sure there's a standard convention for indicating minor 6ths.

an Em6 chord always contains a C# -- in root position it is a C#m7b5 chord in first inversion. unless you're reading figured bass in a continuo part, the sixth is not up for interpretation.

m(b6) chords are not common but that nomenclature is the most common way of notating them.
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