Chords Lesson

9 Chords

Difficulty: intermediate

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Let's take a look at some common 9 and altered (sharp or flat) 9 chord shapes. Each of the examples below will have the same root note of D for comparison purposes.

D9

R3b79R3b79

9 chords are constructed with the 1st, 3rd, 5th, b7th, and 9th notes of the major scale. D9 contains D, F#, A, C, and E.

The shape above omits the 5th (A), which is common in jazz chord shapes.

Dmaj9

R379R379

maj9 chords are constructed with the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th notes of the major scale. Dmaj9 contains D, F#, A, C#, and E.

The shape above omits the 5th (A), which is common in jazz chord shapes.

Dmin9

Rb3b79Rb3b79

min9 chords are constructed with the 1st, b3rd, 5th, b7th, and 9th notes of the major scale. Dmin9 contains D, F, A, C, and E.

The shape above omits the 5th (A), which is common in jazz chord shapes.

D7b9

R3b7b9R3b7b9

7b9 chords are constructed with the 1st, 3rd, 5th, b7th, and b9th notes of the major scale. D7b9 contains the notes D, F#, A, C, and Eb.

This shape omits the 5th (A), which is common in jazz chord shapes.

D7#9

R3b7#9R3b7#9

7#9 chords are constructed with the 1st, 3rd, 5th, b7th, and #9th notes of the major scale. D7#9 contains D, F#, A, C, and E# (F).

This shape omits the 5th (A), which is common in jazz chord shapes. This shape is sometimes referred to as "the Hendrix chord."