Saturday, 1 May 2010

Em major9 - The James Bond Spy Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is the famous chord used at the end of the Dr No James Bond theme. You can hear it on youtube here, it's the very last guitar chord you hear and has an unresolved dissonant quality - most of all it sounds pretty cool!

This James Bond Chord is also know as the 'Spy Chord', but really it's an E minor Major 9. The first part of the description refers to the 3rd of the chord, the second part to the 7th of the chord: so it has a minor 3rd and Major 7th in.
James Bond Spy Chord Em Major9
eminor major 9

Here's the fingering for this guitar chord:
Eminor major9 | James Bond Spy Chord

Minor major9 chords use these degrees of the major scale: 1, b3, 5, 7, 9
The E minor major 9 guitar chord uses: E, G, B, D# and F#
Our inversion uses them in this order: E, G, B, D# and F# (you can also optionally let the top E string ring if you want)

Tune in tomorrow for another Guitar Chord of the Day.