6/9 Chords

The 6/9 chord is a pentad in which a major triad is extended with a sixth and 9th above the root, but no seventh, thus: C6/9 is C,E,G,A,D. It is not a tense chord requiring resolution and is considered a substitute for the tonic in jazz. Its constituent notes are those of the pentatonic scale.

B 6/9


To locate it you’ll have to imagine where the root note would be if we played it (5th string). Look at the A6add9. The root would be the A string played open:

Since it’s so tricky, take special care to practice naming the chords on the 6/9 chords:

Other ways to play 6/9 chords:

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ChordG#/AbAA#/BbBCC#/DbDD#/EbEFF#/GbG

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ChordEFF#/GbGG#/AbAA#/BbBCC#/DbDD#/Eb

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ChordF#/GbGG#/AbAA#/BbBCC#/DbDD#/EbEF