B9 chord

B9 chord for guitar in different forms, including open and barre chords.


B9 chord diagram X21222

The diagram shows the B 9th in closed position and with a semi-bar shape. Avoid playing on the 6th string. B9 is a five-note chord consisting of B, D#, F#, A, C#.

Alternative shapes


  • B9 chord diagram X2122X

B9 barre

  • B9 chord diagram 797879


  • B9 chord diagram 7676XX

Relevant chords


  • B9#5 chord diagram X21223


  • B9#11 chord diagram X21221

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Theory and information

Try in a chord progression

E6 - A7 - B9

Chord names

B9 is a dominant chord. B9/D#, B9/F#, B9/A and B9/C# are inversions of the chord.

Notes in the chord

The notes that the B9 chord consists of are B, D#, F#, A, C#.
To get B11 add E.
To get Bmaj9 replace A with A#.


There are to suitable fingerings for B9 in open position. One option is the inversion B9/C# with fingerings X41202.


1st inversion: B9/D# (means that D# is the bass note).
2nd inversion: B9/F# (means that F# is the bass note).
3rd inversion: B9/A (means that A is the bass note).
4th inversion: B9/C# (means that C# is the bass note).

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

B9/E: 021222
B9/A: X01422

Alternative chord names

B9/E is identical with B11/E.


B9 (no3) is a B dominant 9th with no third (D#).
B9 (no5) is a B dominant 9th with no fifth (F#).

Written in tab format (main version in open position)

- 2 -
- 2 -
- 2 -
- 1 -
- 2 -
- - -

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