Learning Jazz Chords (Part 1 - Major 6th chords!)
Updated: Dec 17, 2019
Jazz chords are fantastic! In fact, I would say they are quite heavenly, especially the major 6th chords!
You can build a major 6th chords by adding the 6th to any major chord! For example, C major is C-E-G and a C6 chord is C-E-G-A. One way to learn the major 6th chords is to start learning them in root position going up by half steps! (C6: C-E-G-A, then Db6: Db-F-Ab-Bb), etc... Or, you could learn them in the order below!
The most common chords to learn would be C6, F6, G6, Bb6!
Major chords - 6th chords:
C6: C E G A (common major 6th chord)
F6: F A C D (common major 6th chord)
G6: G B D E (common major 6th chord)
A6: A C# E F#
E6: E G# B C#
D6: D F# A B
B6: B D# F# G#
F#6 – same as Gb6: F# A# C# D#
Bb6: Bb D F G (common major 6th chord)
Ab6: Ab C Eb F
Db6 (same as C#6): Db F Ab Bb
Eb6: Eb G Bb C
After you learn the root position chords (the chords above), you can start to invert the chords (change the order of the notes)! For example, C6 (C-E-G-A) can become (E-G-A-C), which is a C6 first inversion chord.
Below includes a video on learning jazz chords - the first page is the major 6th chords in root position! Sheet music is available on this website (www.kathrynleecarpenter.com/shop) & , www.sheetmusicplus.com!