Last time we discussed the different kinds of 7th Chords. This time we’re going to talk about a new chord, which just so happens to be my favorite. It’s called a 9th Chord. When adding a 9th, you don’t want to use too much. A 9th has it’s best results when used in small quantities. You can think of a Major 9th as of ‘something being there’ while a Minor 9th as ‘something missing’. That ‘something’ being a sedimental feeling toward something. What kind of sedimental feeling is being dictated by whether its Major or Minor and the chords surrounding it.
Music Theory Lessons
Building a 9th Chord
- R 2 3 7 – Minor 9th
- R 2 4 7 – Major 9th
When used with a Minor, it has a feeling of uncomfortable & uneasiness. It makes you want to lose the 9th as soon as possible and turn it back into a regular chord. This is why it’s best in small quantities.
When used with a Major, it almost gives a feeling of fulfillment. But can sometimes still give that feeling of uncomfortable & uneasiness.
F – G – A9
It’s almost like the notes in the chord progression stumble upon each other and come to a halt. It gives that sense of fulfillment.
Remember to always practice. Experiment and see what you can find. See ya next week!