9th Chord Trick – Intermediate

About This Lesson

How to Play a 9th Chord on the Piano
A 9th chord is made up of the 1 3 5 7 and 9 of a scale.  There are different kinds of 9th chords that can be created by altering the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th…but let’s not think about that right now!

The 9th Chord Trick

  1. The first things you need to know are your Major and Minor Chords.
  2. Take the root note (far left in the root position) of your chord and drop it down a half or whole step.
  3. Add in the note a whole step above the root note.
Major 9th
Take a Major Chord and drop the root note down a half step. Add in the note a whole step above the root note.

Dominant 9th
Take a Major Chord and drop the root note down a whole step. Add in the note a whole step above the root note.

Minor 9th
Take a Minor Chord and drop the root note down a whole step. Add in the note a whole step above the root note.

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