Sixth Chords

What is a Sixth Chord?

A Sixth chord is a triad containing a root, its major third and its major sixth (I, III, VI). It is similar to the major triad, except with a major sixth taking the place of the perfect fifth, as shown in the schematic above.

There can be multiple versions of each of these notes by fretting the same note on different strings. Sometimes the same note is repeated, other times the note is duplicated one octave higher. In each case, though, the character of the chord is preserved.
Open String Sixth Chords

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