6ths in C Challenge
Let’s use the interval of a 6th to create some sweet sounds & to deepen our understanding the keys of C, G, & D, on the fretboard.
We will be fretting tones on strings 4 & 2. Once you have these Major & minor 6ths [M6 & m6] mapped on one set of strings, it’s typically easy to find & map the sounds on the other strings of the same configuration [though the interval shapes are different on some string sets]. Our ears are smart.
Let’s start with C Major (all naturals). To tune your ear to C, play the scale. Our first challenge is to fill in the gaps. Figure out the remaining tones on strings 4 & 2. Print the map & write it out, if needed.
First, fret the 4 & 2 strings together, alone. Either use down/up for pick, hybrid picking (pick on string 4 – m or i on string 2), or fingerpick using any combination such as p-i, p-m, or i-a. The open D-B strings can also be included.
Next, leave the 5, 3, & 1 strings open, while muting out the 6. Strum and/or fingerpick each chord. Note: we could tune the 6 to a low C & the 5 to a low G (-4 -2 to 6 & 5 strings). Or, low A (-7 if string is thick enough – we would strum or pick closer to the bridge in the case of a noodly string).
The fretted strings in this exercise, create an interval of a 6th. The 6th, like the 2nd, 3rd, & 7th, have a minor and a Major version. The minor is always one fret less on the upper fretted tone. The Major 6th shares the same fret number in this string configuration.