Wednesday, 19 May 2010

A Major 9

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is A Major 9. This guitar chord has it's root note on the guitar's D string.
A major 9 Guitar Chord
Amaj9 guitar chord

Major 9 guitar chords can be replace major 7th chords, and can often be played in place of major chords. It can replace I and IV chords in major keys
Major 9 chords use these degrees of the major scale: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9
Amaj9 guitar chord

A Major 9 uses the notes: A, C#, E, G#, B
Our A Major 9 chord uses the notes in this order: C#, A, B, E, G#

As this chord has a C# as it's lowest note, this guitar chord is known as a first inversion chord:
  • Root note lowest - root position
  • 3rd lowest - first inversion
  • 5th lowest - second inversion
Using different inversions when playing guitar chords allows the chords to flow much better from one to another. This is good voice leading - how one note moves to the next.

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