Guitar Lesson

9 Tones

Difficulty: beginner

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9 chords include both the 7th (b7th or 7th) and 9th tones of the major scale. We'll also include the very similar 7b9 and 7#9 chords for comparison since they contain altered 9ths. Let's study the chord tones of the examples below.

D9

R3b79R3b79

9 chords contain the 1st, 3rd, 5th, b7th, and 9th notes of the major scale. As is common, the above shape omits the 5th.

Dmaj9

R379R379

maj9 chords contain the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 9th notes of the major scale. As is common, the above shape omits the 5th.

Dmin9

Rb3b79Rb3b79

min9 chords contain the 1st, b3rd, 5th, b7th, and 9th notes of the major scale. As is common, the above shape omits the 5th.

D7b9

R3b7b9R3b7b9

7b9 chords contain the 1st, 3rd, 5th, b7th, and b9th notes of the major scale. As is common, the above shape omits the 5th.

D7#9

R3b7#9R3b7#9

7#9 chords contain the 1st, 3rd, 5th, b7th, and #9th notes of the major scale. As is common, the above shape omits the 5th.

This chord shape is commonly referred to as "the Hendrix chord."