9 Chords

This next series of chords is called 9 chords or Straight 9 chords and they are really extensions of the 7 chord. The 7 chord is, of course, the Bluesy twanging chord that you hear in Blues music such as E7. It’s got that note in there that almost doesn’t make sense. But if you combine it and surround it with a like-minded individuals all of a sudden it starts to make sense.

Let’s go ahead and explore this chord. I want to give you two forms – one is on the E string, the other one’s on the A string. Let’s go ahead and do this. We’ve got A through G to work on. We’ll probably going to do the first three on the E string based version and then we’re going to go up to the A string and to the others. We’re going to put them together in some of the songs that we have on this site here. If you have some time, please be sure to download the PDF diagrams and supplemental diagrams and so on, to help you better understand what we’re talking about here.

Here we go. A9 is going to be here on the 5th fret on the 6th string. We’re going to bar it all the way across. There’s an easier way to do this. We’re not going to show you the easy way, of course, because I want you to really push hard, try and get this version. For some reason, after I’d say about three separate times and you have practiced and you still have got it yet, then maybe it’s time to move to something a little easier. There are other shortcut chord videos and songs on the site to explore if that’s what happens for you.

Anyway, let’s give this a shot. We’re really going to do is just to bar the 7 chord per the diagram you can see. That’s really just the barred 7 but we’re going to add this up here on the top – 1st string, 7th fret, pinky finger and let it rip. Let’s see what we got here.

As you can see from the formula, it’s just an extended 7 chords, it’s sophisticated 7. That’s all it is. See you in the next chord.

This next chord is B9 and we’re going to stay down on the E string to do this. We’re going to move this up to the 7th fret. Here we are up on the 7th. We’re going to be on the 6th string and bar it all the way across once again. Once again, we have the 7 bar, the traditional 7 bar which looks like this. Then we have our pinky finger up on the 9th fret on the 1st string. Let’s give it another shot. Here we go.  This is a little high spread but as high as you want to go before you start to have - before you need like the balancing tool or something. Here we go.  That’s B9. It’s just an extended version of the 7 chord. Go ahead and give it a shot for you to pause this video. Go ahead. In fact I recommend you pause the video between each chord I show you. Therefore you can take a little extra time. Make it come out. Make sure all the strings are coming out. It’s really important because when you play the song, if the chords are not coming out, then it’s not going to sound right. You’ll be kicked out of the band. See you in the next chord.

This next chord is C9. We’re going to move over to the A string, our Form 2 position is down here. I’m going to put my finger on C. I’m going to put our index finger back here on the 2nd fret on the 4th string. We’re going to try and lay down our ring finger here. Some people’s ring fingers can do this routine where it bends. Some people’s can get about this far then it just doesn’t work any, it doesn’t go any further. But if you can get it to bend like that, that’ll work. If you can’t, for some reason, please see the alternative form.

Let’s give it a shot. This one here, I’m just going to go ahead and do this form then I will do the other form. I got a triangle here. We’ve got this lane across the top. This bottom one, the E string is off limits because our type is going to be on this string. Here we go. Straight 9, C9.

Use to funk music all over the world. James Brown love this chord. Let’s do the other form that people are ambidextrous like me or double-jointed or whatever they call that. Here we go.

Here, here, everything’s the same. You’re just going to blow up this top one. You’re not going to play this. So, it’s just right here, just like this. You’re not going to get any... you’re not going to get that. You’re going to play the middle four strings. The outer two become off limits.  There you go. C9. See you in the next chord.

This next chord is called D9, straight D9. It’s really just a D7. Just dressed up for another in the town. Let’s do it. This is the 5th fret. You’ve got your index finger on the 5th string on the 5th fret. I’m sorry that’s not my index finger. It’s my middle. I should know the difference right? That’s my middle finger, my index finger is back here on the 4th. Then I’ve got this up top, spanning these three strings up here just like we did last time. Remember there’s another form you can do besides this form. You don’t have to do this form. You can do another form. But this is a form that most people use. It also allows you to expand and do other things down here with a pinky finger later but we won’t do that now. This is a 9 chord. It’s a D9, here we go.

Just go through the chord and make sure that every note is coming out. That’s pretty much it. I can’t really think of anything right now except you’re doing pretty good. Keep up the good work. See you in the next chord.

This next chord is E9. We’re going to include the E string in this chord. We’re going to play up here in the 7th fret. As you can see by the diagram, it’s up on the 7th, same form as the D that we played down here. It’s just two frets higher. We’ve got the E strings included. Here we go.  Good strum of chord. You have the support of the lower E there. That’s good! And a base player if you have one. If you don’t, get one. See you in the next chord.

This next chord is F9 and, yup we’re going to use the same one. Just move it from the 7th up to the 8th. You want to leave Mr. E string out this time and just go ahead. Play that right there on the 8th fret.  Just listen carefully. Make sure all the strings are coming out. Make sure no ones left out. We’ll see you in the next chord. There’s just one left.

This last chord is G9. I’m going to go ahead and go back to the procrustean version which was the version that of course is a really big pain. Here we go. We’re going to bar this down here. We’re going to make the traditional 7 form and then this is going to be up on top on the 5th fret. We’ve got a pinky finger on the 1st string on the 5th fret. This is our straight 9 chord, E base Form 1, here we go.  There you have it. Those are the straight 9 chords, E position, A position, or Form 1, Form 2, whatever you want to call it.

We’ll see you in the next video. Thanks a lot for watching. Give us a call.

9 Chords



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