People generally love playing 7th chords, yet the major 6 chord, time and time again, is cast aside in popular music. But there's a revolution going on, and it's coming at you with the power of a 6.0 magnitude earthquake!
Let's take a quick look at what goes in a major 6 chord. Here are the notes in the key of G:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Now, to make a regular major chord you just combine the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes. Thus, G major is a G, B, and D. Now let's just toss the 6th note in there (E), and BOOM! Major 6 chord.
G A B C D E F#
So why aren't major 6 chords that prevalent in any non-jazz genre? Total lack of awareness. Until now, when you think of the number 6 your brain most likely equates it to the number of members in the Village People or the atomic number of carbon. But not anymore, check out the video to learn some cool major 6 chord voicings and how you can incorporate them into your playing.
By Sean Daniel