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The C Major Sixth Chord: C6

The C major sixth chord, or "C6," as it is known, is a perfect example of how imprecise guitar chord terminology can be, at least from a classical musician's point of view.

"After all," say the intellectuals. "It's just an A minor seventh chord in first inversion."

Which means probably nothing to you, but that's sort of the point. "A minor seventh chord in first inversion" is too wordy and complex for popular musicians, and so abbreviations were developed.

But Gershwin couldn't get along without that chord, as did all the Big Band era composers.

C6 has a sweet, almost too sweet sound.

And where did it come from?

I see its use by Bach, perhaps even Monteverdi, but then again Bach did just about everything before anyone else had a chance to think of it.

Perhaps the first composer to really use it fully was Chopin, who made it sound poignant rather than treacle sweet.

As the nineteenth century progressed, the C6 chord was relegated to the perfumed world of salon music, and serious composers avoided it like the plague. Ethelbert Nevin, the composer of countless drawing room novelties, preyed upon the C6 chord as if it were the answer to the secret of the lost chord.

But it fell into disfavor until after the age of ragtime.

As jazz grew and flourished, it discovered that sixth chords like the C6 had a smooth, sophisticated quality. C chords were no longer full enough, and C6 became a substitute. A C chord alone implied solidity and church-like simplicity, whereas C6 was racy, modern and hip, at least in the 1920s.

The sixth chord fell into disfavor in the age of Elvis, for it sounded dated and "Big Band." If you want to sound like Bing Crosby, go ahead and use the sixth chord. 

The Beatles rediscovered it as a sort of tip of the hat to the past ("When I'm Sixty Four.") 

And so the sixth chord re-entered the modern repertoire of chords. But it still says showbiz, thirties, Broadway, and Big Band. 

The Cmaj7 chord is considered far hipper and doesn't have the dated quality.

Click here to play with the C6 piano chord.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2011 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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