Ninth Chords – Create Them From Dominant Sevenths

GENERATING NINTH CHORDS ACROSS THE GUITAR FRETBOARD

If you know one or two ninth chords then great. You know how good they sound. They are used in so many music styles from blues to jazz and beyond. This lesson will show you how to get away from one or two ninth guitar chord shapes. Ninth chords are created from or are extensions to dominant seventh chords. The video lesson goes into this in detail. Suffice to say, you can add a ninth tone from the scale that creates a dominant seventh chord. By adding the ninth tone which is the same as the second tone of the scale, you create the dominant ninth.

So, many players know the theory just mentioned. What they don’t know is that they can generate four dominant ninth shapes on each four string set. That’s right, you can create a total of twelve dominant ninth chords for any root note you choose.

HOW DOES THIS HELP ME?

The more chord forms you know the better. It means that you are able to make connections across the fretboard when playing chord progressions. It also means that if you have a static chord; say C9 for thirty bars you can create interest. You can do this by playing the various inversions of the ninth chord across different string sets. As mentioned in the video, there are caveats to this. In some of the inversions you will be playing the ninth in the bass. You have to be careful about this, especially when playing on lower string sets. This can make the chord sound really muddy and make the basic tonality confusing.

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