I am trying to learn some jazz guitar, so i bought this Mickey Baker book, but theres something i dont understand.

On page one, it tells me


This would be a Gma6 chord.

Now the book is telling me:


This would be an Am7 chord

Now i have 2 questions, these are moveable chords right? So one fret after the Gma6 would be a G#ma6 -> Ama6 etcetera. So how can the chord be way up there? To my logic the chord played there would be Cma6.

And since when can a ma6 form turn into a m7 form...?

Something tells me these chords are not normal moveable chords...
These are actually normal moveable chords, it seems you read something wrong.

anyway the seocn chor dyou got there is indeed the Am7, the first tho is NOT a Gma6. Maybe someone is gonna slap me right now, but thats what I can make from it. I learned chord theory 2 weeks ago with my guitar teacher anyway.

I searched for a Chord appendix quickly... there is not even a Maj6 on there. Only normal 6 and m6.

anyway Gm6:


The chords are moveable yes. The Am7 is an Am7 because it has the root note A, so if you play it with some other root note (same figure) it would be m7 of that note.

Dont flame me guys if I said something wrong here... just trying to help. BTW why is there no Maj6? or is that a stupid question... maybe its an incomplete appendix.

Hope this helped a bit,


EDIT: oh yeah so that figure only works when your root note is on the 4 string (D). To play an Am7 on the 5 string you will need a different figure, same for 6th String.
Last edited by DavidBenyamin at Jul 11, 2009,
Am7 and Cma6 are the same chord

Am7 - A C E G

Cma6 - C E G A

same notes, different orders give them different names
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Last edited by chagmaier at Jul 11, 2009,
Jazz chords will occasionally use inversions, meaning the root note is not the lowest note. This allows for many more voicings. It works like that because generally in most jazz bands, the bassist will play the root note. However, you can also get by with it playing solo, because for the most part in inverted chords, the modal tonality is implied.
Last edited by Erick vonZipper at Jul 12, 2009,
That's what it is, the root's not always in the bass.

For example I have I-iii-V and I can change chords by moving just one finger each time.

xx555x = C (G C E) - root in mid
xx545x = Em (G B E) - root in treble
xx543x = G (G B D) - root in bass

Notice how close the notes are?
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