Add9 chords

The add9 chord is a major chord with the ninth tone in the scale added. If we take the C major chord as an example, it consists of C, E and G. If we add a D we have a Cadd9 chord with the notes C, E, G and D.

You must separate this chord from the Dominant ninths that are written like C9. The difference is that a dominant 9th is made by adding the ninth to a seventh chord, like C, E, G, Bb and D forms a C9. In an add9 chord the seventh is missing.

Add9

Cadd9

  • Cadd9 chord diagram

Dadd9

  • Dadd9 chord diagram

Eadd9

  • Eadd9 chord diagram

Fadd9

  • Fadd9 chord diagram

Gadd9

  • Gadd9 chord diagram

Aadd9

  • Aadd9 chord diagram

Badd9

  • Badd9 chord diagram

Chord progressions with add9 chord

Add9 chords aren't one of the most common chord categories, but they truly exist in lots of songs. A very nice sequence could be found by varying Cadd9 with a G major. You could when for example add a D major and you get something like this (used in the Green Day song "Time of Your life"):

G – Cadd9 – D

Another chord progression, including Dadd9:

G – C – Dadd9 – D7/F# – G

Minor add chords

Less common is the minor add chords. We can compare add9 and madd9 to see what notes are different. In Cadd9 we have C, E, G and D in comparison with Cmadd9 with C, Eb, G and D.

Cmadd9

  • Cmadd9 chord diagram

Dmadd9

  • Dmadd9 chord diagram

Emadd9

  • Emadd9 chord diagram

Fmadd9

  • Fmadd9 chord diagram

Gmadd9

  • Gmadd9 chord diagram

Amadd9

  • Amadd9 chord diagram

Bmadd9

  • Bmadd9 chord diagram

Comment

The presented diagrams are mixed with both open shapes and a barre form (Amadd9 and Bmadd9). The latter is movable and based on the Emadd shape.

Chord progressions

An example is:

Emadd9 – Am9 – Dsus2 – G6


A suggestion is to play Am9 as X05500.

See also Add2 chords.

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