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Playing Ninth Chords on Piano

By December 17, 2013

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Major 9th bass chords.Ninth chords are five-note chords that span the usual intervals up to a ninth (root-3-5-7-9); and most often, the ninth interval remains major, even in minor 9th chords.

Learn more on building the different types of major 9th, minor 9th & ADD9 chords on the keyboard and grand staff:

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June 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm
(1) Bor Naftali says:

Chords of a piano never end Eh! Will the fingers cover all the 9th chord?

June 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm
(2) piano says:

Don’t feel obligated to memorize all of them at once ;) It’s just good to have a quick reference in case you need these chords.

To answer your question, it depends on the 9th chord and your finger span; and this is why I didn’t include piano fingering this time. Many ninth chords will certainly not be played with one hand, and if you do manage to span them, you’ll notice some pretty awkward hand positions.

June 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm
(3) Carlinton says:

Great lesson!

Ninth chords are rich in sound quality and sound really good when they are inverted.

I really enjoy this lesson and I know others will say the same.

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