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Gypsy Jazz Guitar Lesson - Minor 6 & Minor 6/9 Chords In Thumb Position

In this Django Reinhardt style guitar lesson, I introduce how to play minor 6 and minor 6/9 chords in thumb position. Thumb position means to use your thumb to fret the bass note of the chord, allowing you to utilise your other fingers across the other strings and create a dense, rich chord voicing.

To successfully play these chords, I recommend positioning your palm right up against the back of the guitar neck. This allows your thumb to easily reach over the top. Many people find these chords tricky at first. Once you have them however they are an excellent alternative to bar chords, as you can then play rhythm without the heavy fretting pressure that bar chords require. I hope you enjoy the lesson!

Did you find this gypsy jazz rhythm guitar lesson useful? If so, please check out the gypsy jazz course  Rhythm Guitar Fundamentals  for video instruction on how to play over 40 chord shapes that are common in gypsy jazz. You can also purchase the  Gypsy Jazz Chord Book , which comes with the course, separately if you wish.

All the best, Harry Edwards (Head instructor @

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@pauljones   2 years ago
This is great for building chord voicing vocabulary, and surprisingly easy to learn, thanks!
@studygypsyjazz   2 years ago
Glad you find it useful Paul! Yes, there are a bunch of interesting chord voicings that are specific to gypsy jazz / Jazz Manouche. Exploring them is good fun, and a great way to get used to the harmonic 'sound' of the genre.
Joseph Lopez
@josephlopez   2 years ago
Excellent lesson! I'd like to see more of these here!