Watch the Rolling With Some Sixths online guitar lesson by David Hamburger from Fingerstyle Blues Factory

Sixths, while nearly impossible to pronounce, are the fingerstyle guitarist’s pal. They’re easier to finger than a full chord, yet provide more fullness over the bass than just a single note would. In the second measure of this lick, it’s the sixths on the offbeats that are our real destination: the double stop at the 7th fret helps to frame an E7 chord, as does the double stop at the 4th fret. And we lead into both of those double stops chromatically, or from the half-step below. The aforementioned Dave Van Ronk arrangement of “Nobody Knows The Way I Feel This Morning” is a great example of sixths in action.