9th chords

The 9th Chord is frequently used in styles like funk and jazz. The chord is constructed by adding the ninth note in the scale to a dominant chord. The C9 for example, includes the following notes: C, E, G, Bb and D.



  • C9 chord diagram


  • D9 chord diagram


  • E9 chord diagram


  • F9 chord diagram


  • G9 chord diagram


  • A9 chord diagram


  • B9 chord diagram

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hand grip on guitar neckComment

The diagrams shown the 9th chords in movable versions and therefore makes them really simple to memorize.

To play the chord you have to lay your ring finger over the three highest strings (see picture to the right). It is also possible to skip the high E-string (i.e. the 1st string), and it that case you can instead use all four fingers. If you leave out the high E-string, you will not plat the fifth, but it's alright to omit that note in a 9th chord.

Chord construction

C9  x - C - E - Bb - D - G
D9  x - D - F# - C - E - A
E9  x - E - G# - D - F# - B
F9  x - F - A - Eb - G - C
G9  x - G - B - F - A - D
A9  x - A - C# - G - B - #E
B9  x - B - D# - A - C# - F#
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

C9  C - E - G - Bb - D
D9  D - F# - A - C - E
E9  E - G# - B - D - F#
F9  F - A - C - Eb - G
G9  G - B - D - F - A
A9  A - C# - E - G - B
B9  B - D# - F# - A - C#
The intervals are 1 – 3 – 5 – b7 – 9

Chord progressions

If you know how to play a 12 Bar Blues chord progression you can mix it up by replacing the IV7 and V7 with IV9 and V9. In other words, a 12 Bar Blues progression could look something like:

A7 – D9 – A7 – E9 – D9 – A.

9th sus chords

It is also possible to play ninth suspended chords. A movable shape similar to that presented above can be used, here are some examples in notated form:

B9sus: X22222
C9sus: X33333
D9sus: X55555
E9sus: X77777
E9sus: X88888

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