Information about the major sixth interval

Name

This interval is called: Major sixth

Abbreviation

You can use the somewhat shorter name "M6" to indicate a Major sixth.

Construct

How to build a major sixth interval?

To construct an interval correctly you must always use two steps.

  1. Count the amount of naturals used
  2. Count the steps between de two notes

At first, and with easy intervals, this may seem unnecessary, but when advancing to more dificult intervals and musical keys they will become more mandatory.

The following example is for a major sixth from C3. Outcome: A3

1.
A Major sixth uses 6 naturals.
Example: C3 D3 E3 F3 G3 A3
2.
A Major sixth has 9 semitones between the notes.
Example: C3 C#3 D3 D#3 E3 F3 F#3 G3 G#3 A3

Cheatsheet

Tranposed for each note

You can use the following cheatsheet to check the Major sixth for each root note.
Cb3 ↠ Ab3
C3 ↠ A3
C3 ↠ A3
C3 ↠ A3
C#3 ↠ A#3
C3 ↠ A3
Db3 ↠ Bb3
D3 ↠ B3
D3 ↠ B3
D3 ↠ B3
D#3 ↠ B#3
D3 ↠ B3
Eb3 ↠ C4
E3 ↠ C4
E3 ↠ C#4
E3 ↠ C4
E#3 ↠ C##4
E3 ↠ C4
Fb3 ↠ Db4
F3 ↠ D4
F3 ↠ D4
F3 ↠ D4
F#3 ↠ D#4
F3 ↠ D4
Gb3 ↠ Eb4
G3 ↠ E4
G3 ↠ E4
G3 ↠ E4
G#3 ↠ E#4
G3 ↠ E4
Ab3 ↠ F4
A3 ↠ F4
A3 ↠ F#4
A3 ↠ F4
A#3 ↠ F##4
A3 ↠ F4
Bb3 ↠ G4
B3 ↠ G4
B3 ↠ G#4
B3 ↠ G4
B#3 ↠ G##4
B3 ↠ G4