Am9 guitar chords


Chord Theory

Am9 comprises of the 1st, b3rd, 5th, b7th, and 9th notes of the diatonic root scale of A Major.

  • A Major Scale: A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#
  • Chord: A minor ninth - written as Am9
  • Formula: 1 - ♭3 - 5 - ♭7 - 9
  • Notes: A - C - E - G - B

Am9 - A minor ninth (1-b3-5-b7-9)

Spelling: 1st(A), b3rd(C), 5th(E), b7th(G), 9th(B)

Chart Legend Numbered Circles: number inside circle indicates which finger to use
X: Don't play string
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
X on string with optional note: if you omit the note, don't play string
Unmarked strings: Play open
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

TAB: Numbers represent frets - not finger positions
Blank Strings: Do not Play
0: play string open

Written: x02413
Notes: x-A-E-B-C-G

 TAB     e |-3-|
         B |-1-|
         G |-4-|
         D |-2-|
         A |-0-|
         E |---|


Written: x05557
Notes: x-A-G-C-E-B

 TAB     e |-7-|
         B |-5-|
         G |-5-|
         D |-5-|
         A |-0-|
         E |---|


Written: x-12-10-12-12-0
Notes: x-A-C-G-B-E

 TAB     e |-0--|
         B |-12-|
         G |-12-|
         D |-10-|
         A |-12-|
         E |----|

🡇 Am9 Guitar Chords


  • A minor 9th chord implies the presence of the preceding 1st, ♭3rd, 5th, ♭7th, before the added 9th.
  • This could also be written as Am7add9 and is used in jazz and alternative styles of music.
  • Standard keys using the A minor 9 chord: C major and A minor. This shows the major key as well as its relative minor key. Both the C Major and A minor scales share the same notes & key signature.
  • Am9 (A - C - E - G - B) utilizes notes belonging to the C Major/Am Scale (C-D-E-F-G-A-B).
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