The chord progression is Dm – Cadd2 – Gm6 – A
What Is Gm6 – A Chord Theory Discussion
Naming chords is not an “exact science”. I’ve asked several people what the name of this chord is and have gotten different answers. Just looking at the notes (G – D – Bb – D – E) it could be easily be called an Em7 (b5)/G, also known as a E half diminished chord with the G in the bass. I choose the name Gm6 because it sounds like a G minor chord to me with a dissonant note added (the 6 or E note).
Chord Naming Rules
Why not Gm13? The rules of naming chords (and there are many) say I cannot call it Gm13 unless there is a 7th present in the chord – in this case that would be the note F.
The actual rule is any chord with a 9, 11 or 13 (i.e. G9 or G11) would have to have the seventh in the chord. Since this chord does not have the F note, or seven, we are calling it a G minor with an added note. The added note in this case is that E, or 6.
I think the chord could also be called Gm (add 13) or Gm (add 6). The 6 is the same as 13. Just another way of saying the same thing.
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