Sixths are usually either major or minor. Just like 3rds, the sound is kind of settling and mood specific. They're not as tense or dissonant as 2nds or 7ths.
A major sixth consists of a P5 + M2; for example C to A is a major sixth (C to G = a P5 + G to A = a M2.)
A minor sixth consists of a P5 + m2; for example, C to Ab is a minor sixth (C to G = P5 + G to Ab = m2.)
Below are some examples of major sixths. Each one consists of a
P5 = M2:
Below are the same intervals EXCEPT they have been changed from major sixths to minor sixths. They each consist of a P5 + m2:
If necessary, use the keyboard diagram below to visualize the whole step, half step construction these intervals.
Below are some MAJOR SIXTHS on various chromatic notes. Each of these major sixths consists of a P5 + M2. (Use the diagram above if necessary.)
Below are some MINOR SIXTHS on various chromatic notes. Each of these minor sixths consists of a P5 + m2. (Use the diagram above if necessary.)
The sixths below are either major or minor.
The major sixths consist of a P5 + M2 - the minor sixths consist of a
P5 + m2.
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