D9 chord

D9 chord for guitar in different forms, including open and closed chords.


D9 chord diagram X54555

The diagram shows the D 9th in closed position and with the root on the 5th fret. Avoid playing on the 6th string. D9 is a five-note chord consisting of D, F#, A, C#, E.

Alternative shapes


  • D9 chord diagram X54555X


  • D9 chord diagram X54530


  • D9 chord diagram 10 9 10 9 X X

Relevant chords


  • D9sus4 chord diagram X55555


  • D9#5 chord diagram X54556

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Theory and information

Try in a chord progression

D9 - A13 - F#m11

Chord names

D9 is a dominant chord. D9/F#, D9/A, D9/C and D9/E are inversions of the chord.

Notes in the chord

The notes that the D9 chord consists of are D, F#, A, C, E.
To get D11 add G.
To get Dmaj9 replace C with C#.


The fingerings X5455X, X54530 and 10 9 10 9 X X are all D9 without the 5th.


1st inversion: D9/F# (means that F# is the bass note).
2nd inversion: D9/A (means that A is the bass note).
3rd inversion: D9/C (means that C is the bass note).
4th inversion: D9/E (means that E is the bass note).

Assorted slash chords

Versions with alternate bass notes in short notation:

D9/F#: 2X4530
D9/E: 054555
D9/A: 5X4530
D9/C: X34530

Alternative chord names

D9/C is identical with E7sus2/C


D9 (no3) is a D dominant 9th with no third (F#).
D9 (no5) is a d dominant 9th with no fifth (A).

Written in tab format (main version in open position)

- 5 -
- 5 -
- 5 -
- 4 -
- 5 -
- - -

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