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Guitar Chords - B Dominant 6

B Dominant 6 also written: B6

E|--x--
B|--9--
G|--8--
D|--7--
A|--x--
E|--7--

This is a really nice sounding blues chord that has a bit of a jazz sound to it as well.

To play this B6 chord place your index finger on the 7th fret of the 6th string (the low E string). Place your middle finger on the 7th fret of the 4th string (the D string). Your ring finger plays the 8th fret of the 3rd string (the G string). And your little finger frets the 9th fret of the 2nd string (the B string).

Muting

You can mute the 5th string (the A string) with the underside of our index finger. The 1st string (high E string) can be muted with the underside of your little finger as it frets the B string.

If you mute the string properly then you can just strum all 6 strings and only the 4 strings above will sound out.

Chord Tones

W are using the Root, 3rd, 6th and b7th chord tones from the B Major scale.

The B on the 6th string is the Root of the B6 chord. The A on the 4th string is the b7 (flat 7th) of the B6 chord). The D# on the 3rd string is 3rd of the B6 chord. The G# on the 2nd string is the 6th of the B6 chord.

If we were playing a B7 chord then we'd be using the 5th instead of the 6th. There is only one note different but it gives this B chord a whole different sound. That one note gives the chord more of a jazz sound to it than just a straight blues chord.

Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan used 6th chords a lot. Especially in some of the really nice instrumentals they wrote.

Hybrid Picking

You can also 'grab' the chords with your right hand fingers. If you using a pick you can pick the 6th string and pluck the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings with the middle, ring and little fingers on your right hand. This is called hybrid picking as you are using a pick and the fingers on your right hand. Eric Johnson and Danny Gatton are two great examples of master hybrid picking guitar players.

Finger Picking

If you aren't using a pick then you can play the 6th string with your thumb and pluck the 4th, 3rd and 2nd strings with the index, middle and ring fingers on your right hand. Playing without a pick like this is called finger picking.

You can use this chord shape when playing any chord in a standard blues progression but it works best a the V chord in an E blues progression as it turns the progression around nicely from the V chord back to the I.

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