What is a chord called when it uses a 6th instead of a fifth? I've been playing one that's GC#E (xxx020) and I'm not sure what to call it. Thanks.
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What is a chord called when it uses a 6th instead of a fifth? I've been playing one that's GC#E (xxx020) and I'm not sure what to call it. Thanks.
First of all, I think you are looking at the basic triad wrong.
I don't see where you can get 1, 3, 5 if you lower any tone a WHOLE step
(changing 6 back to 5).
The closest would be lowering the G to an F.

If you look at it from the view of C#, you have 1, 3min, 5dim = C#dim.

That's all I can see. Maybe I'm missing something?
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Oh, I didn't mean that the triad in order was GC#E, that was just the order of the notes in the chord. I'm pretty sure that the order would be EGC#, which would make it a minor since it's a flat 3rd, and then the C# would be the 6th.
Possibly called Em6 (no5)
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Well, it looks like I learned something here, too:

"A closed mouth gathers no foot."

For some reason I started out expecting to see a major third for the first part of the triad. Doh!

Em6 is probably a more intelligent name. It's more likely that fits within the key the piece is played in. There are a few (major) keys where the chord would be called Em6.

There is one (major) key it would be called C#dim - the key of D.

Sorry for missing that one.

Cheers,
SYK