Neapolitan 6ths and Augmented French, Italian and German 6th Chords

The “Neapolitan 6th” chord is a 1st inversion of the supertonic [chord two] triad but with the ¬†root and fifth lowered a half step. Neapolitan 6th chord lesson example

In modern terms we could think of it as a flattened second chord 1st inversion. Below is a more popular common approach.

Neapolitan 6th chord  modern

Minor Key example:

[In this case only the root is lowered as the C minor key signature already has the Ab in the key signature]

Neapolitan 6th chord minor key

OTHER COMMON AUGMENTED 6 TH CHORDS

French Sixth Italian Sixth German Sixth Augmented 6th Chords

These chords can occur on the flattened submediant [flattened chord 6] of the major scale or the normal submediant [chord 6] of the minor scale.

FRENCH SIXTH

French sixth chord augmented 6th explanation

ITALIAN 6TH

Italian sixth chord augmented 6th

GERMAN 6TH

German 6th augmented chord explanation lesson

9ths 11ths and 13ths harmony:

9th 11th and 13th chords explained music theory

One last idea using the 7th chord as a Diminished chord followed by the dominant 7th 1st inversion to C the Tonic chord.

Diminished 7th chords for cadences

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