9th Guitar Chords
There are 3 types of commonly used 9th guitar chords:
Dominant 9th (9), Major 9th (maj9), and Minor 9th (m9). They are all derived from the dominant 7th, major 7th and minor 7th chords. We will illustrate this using the C Major Chord.
Dominant 9th chords
A 9th chord or 9 chord is a musical interval spanning an octave plus a major second or 2 semitones. A dominant ninth chord consists of a root, a major 3rd, a perfect fifth, a minor 7th and a major ninth. It is considered a compound interval as it spans more than an octave.
Example of a 9 chord... E9
Dominant 9th (9) Chord Table
A9 - C9
9th Guitar Chords: Please note that with chords like A9 (first position), although it shows a barre over strings 2, 3, and 4 with the first finger, you will naturally barre strings 1, 2, 3, and 4 with the first finger... and that's OK. It is simply illustrated like this so that you don't see 2 dots (fingers) on the same string. The second finger on the 3rd fret (first string) overides the first finger on the second fret( first string), and it is more comfortable... no harm done!
Free Download: 9th Guitar Chords - Part 1
C#9 or Db9 - E9
Free Download: 9th Chords - Part 2
F 9 - G#9 or Ab9
Free Download:9th Chords - Part 3
I hope you enjoyed this session on 9th guitar chords. They are not used very often due to their dissonant quality, however in the right places they can be very effective. An example of this is the introduction of 'A Hard Days Night' by the Beatles. It starts with a 9th chord and then moves into the song. Have a listen... very effective.
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