9 major chords

The ninth major (maj9) chord should not be confused with the dominant 9th chord. If we compare Cmaj9 with C9 we could see that the notes changes from C, D, E, B to C, D, E, Bb. It's a relatively uncommon chord, which is probably most used in jazz arrangements. Below you could see this chord played in different tones with a movable shape.

9maj

Cmaj9

  • Cmaj9 chord diagram

Dmaj9

  • Dmaj9 chord diagram

Emaj9

  • Emaj9 chord diagram

Fmaj9

  • Fmaj9 chord diagram

Gmaj9

  • Gmaj9 chord diagram

Amaj9

  • Amaj9 chord diagram

Bmaj9

  • Bmaj9 chord diagram

Comment

Notice that the chord has some similarities with the 7#9 chord, just two fingers are changing positions.

Since some of the chords above are high up the fretboard and in some situations less suitable, some compliment to maj9 chords in open positions are presented below.

Progressions

Suggestions of chord sequences to try with this chord type:

Dm9 - G13 - Cmaj9

Em - Dmaj9 - Asus2 - Cadd9

Open major 9 chords

Amaj9

  • Amaj9 chord diagram

Gmaj9

  • Gmaj9 chord diagram

Emaj9

  • Emaj9 chord diagram

Fmaj9

  • Fmaj9 chord diagram

Bbmaj9

  • Bbmaj9 chord diagram

Comment

Notice that Fmaj9 has a shape similar to C major in open position.

Progressions

More examples of progressions including major 9th:


C - Fmaj9 - G6

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