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CHORDS THEORY - Lesson 27 - Minor 9th and Minor 9th flat five chords

Andrei Moraru

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So how many colleges do I have to attend in order to understand these chords?
  1. Topics of discussion
  2. Minor 9th chords
  3. Minor 9th flat five chords
1. Topics of discussion

In this tutorial, we continue our 9th chords journey by discussing minor 9th and minor 9th flat five chords. Be warned, you will be doing some serious stretches. So, let's have some fun.

2. Minor 9th chords

Minor 9th chords are formed by adding the 9th note on top of a minor 7th chord. Thus, the formula for these chords is 1 ♭3 5 ♭7 9.

The Cm9 chord consists of the C E♭ G B♭ D notes. Here is the most common way to play it. You can view it as a C form:

Cm9_Cform.png
And here it is played back.

And...this is quite possibly the place where the CAGED system reaches its limit and usefulness in playing chords. There are simply too many notes and too few fingers in order for you to be physically able to play these chords using the forms from the CAGED system.

That's not to say you cannot play minor 9th chords in other places. Some other ways in which you can play a Cm9 chord are the following:

Cm9_form1.png

And here it is played back.

Cm9_form2.png
And here it is played back.

Cm9_form3.png
And here it is played back.

3. Minor 9th flat five chords

And finally, we arrive at minor 9th flat five chords, notated as m9(♭5). These chords are formed by adding the 9th note on top of an m7(♭5) chord. Thus, the formula for them is 1 ♭3 ♭5 ♭7 9. Also worth noting is that the CAGED system can't really be applied for these chords either.

The notes for the Cm9(♭5) chord, therefore, are C E♭ G♭ B♭ D. Here are some ways to play it:

Cm9(b5)_form1.png
And here it is played back.

Cm9(b5)_form3.png
And here it is played back.

That about covers it for this tutorial. In the next one, we are going to add another note in the mix when we talk about 11th chords. See you then.
 
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Brian Haner Sr.

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I think you have a couple fo mistakes here. There is an A in the 2nd chord. And there is a G# in the 6th chord.
LOVE the voicing of the last chord! That belongs in a movie.
 

Andrei Moraru

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I think you have a couple fo mistakes here. There is an A in the 2nd chord. And there is a G# in the 6th chord.
LOVE the voicing of the last chord! That belongs in a movie.
Well I'll be. You're correct. Imma fix them tomorrow, it's like 10:30 PM here and I've long since learned to never guitar when sleepy (and to never Dokkan when sleepy/drunk, though not many will get that :LOL:.

Thanks for the pointers and compliments :D.
 

Brian Haner Sr.

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And done. Had to delete the second one you mentioned because I just couldn't find a way to play it correctly, at least not now :LOL:.
Great job, Andrei! These lessons are covering areas either not covered in our lessons - or they are helping to explain some concepts that are included in our videos. Either way - you're killing it.
I had never seen that inversion of the last chord you posted. You taught me something new!
I appreciate you!
PG
 

Andrei Moraru

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Great job, Andrei! These lessons are covering areas either not covered in our lessons - or they are helping to explain some concepts that are included in our videos. Either way - you're killing it.
I had never seen that inversion of the last chord you posted. You taught me something new!
I appreciate you!
PG
Much appreciated :D. Live and learn is what they say, right? :LOL: