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" Secrets of Exciting Piano Chords & Chord Progressions!"

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- Week Nine -

All The Minor 6th Piano Chords

Another extended piano chord you need to know!


Duane at piano


Click here     to hear Duane walk you through minor 6th chords

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      Hello again, and welcome to the next edition of the newsletter. I hope you are enjoying learning about all the chords in the world -- and we're going to cover them ALL before we're done -- you'll know more about chords than 99% of the people in the world -- believe it or not, it's true.

    If you recall the first week we learned about the three chords you absolutely, positively CAN'T do without.  Then the next  week we took an airplane ride over Chordland just to get the lay of the land -- the overview of the world of chords.

     Then in the next  weeks lesson we showed you how easy it is to learn ALL the major chords (there are 12 of them) and be able to play them in seconds -- not hours or days or weeks or months or years. Some people go through their entire lives not being sure about what such and such a major chord is -- and it's all so unnecessary, because you can memorize them in just a few minutes, and learn to play them in 12 seconds or less - one second per chord. I have had many private students over the years who could play them all in as little as 5 seconds -- one little gal (she was about 12 at the time) had particularly fast hands, and could play them in - believe it or not - 3 seconds!  I have slow hands with fat fingers, and yet I can play them in something like 5 or 6 seconds.

     Next  you learned how to easily turn major chords into minor chords just by moving one key one-half step -- by lowering the 3rd of the major chord.

     Then we learned diminished triads -- just by lowering the 3rd and the 5th of a major chord 1/2 step.

     Then we learned inversions -- how to stand chords on their head.

     And finally, we took up augmented triads -- formed by simply raising the 5th of a major triad.

     Last week we learned about  major 6th chords. They are 4-note chords -- the root, 3rd, 5th -- just like a major chord, but you also add the 6th degree of the scale to the major triad. The 6th is ALWAYS one whole step above the 5th -- never a half step --  so they are real easy to find.

     Today we will change those major 6th chords into minor 6th chords just by altering the 3rd 1/2 step -- in other words, a minor triad with a 6th on top.

     So here is the formula for a minor 6th chord:


A Minor 6th Piano Chord =  Root                   flat3rd                 5th                    6th

Here's what Minor 6th piano chords look like on the staff:

All the minor 6th piano chords

(Remember that accidentals carry over in each measure!)


     And here's what they look like on the piano keyboard when played in root position:

Cm6 piano chord     Fm6 piano chord      Gm6 piano chord


Dm6 piano chord     Em6 piano chord     Am6 piano chord


Dbm6 piano chord       Ebm6 piano chord         Abm6 piano chord


Gbm6 piano chord         Bm6 piano chord        Bbm6 piano chord

     As usual, now it's up to you. Play each minor 6th chord  in root position, then 1st inversion, then 2nd inversion, then in 3rd inversion (the 6th will be the lowest note of the chord)  Play each chord up and down the keyboard for at least 2 octaves -- maybe 3 octaves. Play them with your left hand, then play them with your right hand. Then play them hands together.

     Go through all 12 major chords, inverting every one. Then go through all the 12 minor chords, inverting each one up and down the keyboard -- hands alone, then hands together. Then go through all 12 diminished chords, inverting each one up and down the keyboard -- each hand alone, then together. Then play the 12 augmented chords, up and down the keyboard. Then skip around from major to minor to diminished to augmented, etc.

     Now add minor 6th chords to your repertoire of chords. They are shown in root position above, but you know that you can turn them upside down 'till the cows come home -- invert them -- so go to it!

      Do you feel like you're getting a handle on chords yet? You ought to -- I know we're going slowly, but chords are SO important that you absolutely MUST master them if you are ever going to play the piano like you hope to!

     So here's our revised chord scorecard:

12 major piano chords


12 minor piano chords


12 diminished piano chords


12 augmented piano chords


12 major 6th piano chords


12 minor 6th piano chords


 inversions of each piano chords

which means you can now play

240 piano chords!



    Next week we will add 12 more chords to our growing list of chords we can play by adding 7th chords to our stash. (Actually 48 more chords, since each 4-note chord such as a 7th can be inverted 4 ways -- root position, 1st inversion, 2nd inversion, and 3rd inversion.)

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