Information about the minor sixth interval

Name

This interval is called: Minor sixth

Abbreviation

You can use the somewhat shorter name "m6" to indicate a Minor sixth.

Construct

How to build a minor 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 minor sixth from C3. Outcome: Ab3

1.
A Minor sixth uses 6 naturals.
Example: C3 D3 E3 F3 G3 A3
2.
A Minor sixth has 8 semitones between the notes.
Example: C3 Db3 D3 Eb3 E3 F3 Gb3 G3 Ab3

Cheatsheet

Tranposed for each note

You can use the following cheatsheet to check the Minor sixth for each root note.
Cb3 ↠ Abb3
C3 ↠ A3
C3 ↠ Ab3
C3 ↠ A3
C#3 ↠ A3
C3 ↠ A3
Db3 ↠ Bbb3
D3 ↠ B3
D3 ↠ Bb3
D3 ↠ B3
D#3 ↠ B3
D3 ↠ B3
Eb3 ↠ Cb4
E3 ↠ C4
E3 ↠ C4
E3 ↠ C4
E#3 ↠ C#4
E3 ↠ C4
Fb3 ↠ Dbb4
F3 ↠ D4
F3 ↠ Db4
F3 ↠ D4
F#3 ↠ D4
F3 ↠ D4
Gb3 ↠ Ebb4
G3 ↠ E4
G3 ↠ Eb4
G3 ↠ E4
G#3 ↠ E4
G3 ↠ E4
Ab3 ↠ Fb4
A3 ↠ F4
A3 ↠ F4
A3 ↠ F4
A#3 ↠ F#4
A3 ↠ F4
Bb3 ↠ Gb4
B3 ↠ G4
B3 ↠ G4
B3 ↠ G4
B#3 ↠ G#4
B3 ↠ G4