Minor 9th chords

The Minor 9th chord is easy to memorize if you are familiar with the 9th Chord. The difference is that one note is lowered (on the 4th string), which results in a longer stretch. The 1st and 6th strings are marked with "x" (teh 1st string can be played, but it makes the chord more difficult). If we compare C9 with Cm9 we could see that the notes changes from C, D, E, Bb to C, D, Eb, Bb.

Movable shape

Cm9

  • Cm9 chord diagram

Dm9

  • Dm9 chord diagram

Em9

  • Em9 chord diagram

Fm9

  • Fm9 chord diagram

Gm9

  • Gm9 chord diagram

Am9

  • Am9 chord diagram

Bm9

  • Bm9 chord diagram

Comment

Notice that the shapes are the same (notice also the irregularity for Bm9). This means that the chords are movable and, therefore, you can easily find out how to play C#m9 /Dbm9, D#m9 /Ebm9, F#m9 /Gbm9, G#m9 /Abm9 and A#m9 /Bbm9 as well.

Chord construction

Cm9  x - C - Eb - Bb - D - x
Dm9  x - D - F - C - E - x
Em9  x - E - G - D - F# - x
Fm9  x - F - Ab - Eb - G - x
Gm9  x - G - Bb - F - A - x
Am9  x - A - C - G - B - x
Bm9  B - C# - A - D - x - x
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Cm9  C - Eb - G - Bb - D
Dm9  D - F - A - C - E
Em9  E - G - B - D - F#
Fm9  F - Ab - C - Eb - G
Gm9  G - Bb - D - F - A
Am9  A - C - E - G - B
Bm9  B - D - F# - A - C#
The intervals are 1 – b3 – 5 – b7 – 9

Open minor 9 chords

Dm9

  • Dm9 chord diagram

Em9

  • Em9 chord diagram

Am9

  • Am9 chord diagram

Bm9

  • Bm9 chord diagram

Comment

The keys that have been left out has no good options for being played in open position, see instead the movable shapes below. An alternative for Am9 is X0200X, for Dm9 an alternative is XX0210 and for Bm9 an alternative is X20222.

Chord progressions

Examples of progressions including minor 9th:

Bm9 Amaj7 Dmaj7

Dm9 Am7 Cmaj7

Voicings with bass note on 4th string

If you want to play the minor ninth with the bass note on fourth string, here are some voicings. Notice that the shapes are movable.

Fm9: XX1113
Gm9: XX3335
Am9: XX5557
Bm9: XX7779
Cm9: XX888 10
Dm9: XX 10 10 10 12
Em9: XX 12 12 12 14

Voicings with bass note on 6th string

If you want to play minor ninth with the bass note on sixth string, here are some voicings. Notice that the shapes are movable.

Cm9: 1X133X
Dm9: 3X355X
Em9: 5X577X
Fm9: 6X688X
Gm9: 8X8 10 10 X

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