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Using the C add9 chord

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 100
Pages: 1 2 3 4

One of the advantages of having the D on top is that you can play it with other chords that have a D and never move your finger off that D as you go through the chords. The concept of how you minimize the amount of finger movement between chords is called voice leading. We can use our Cadd9 to create smooth voice leading as demonstrated by the charts below:
Notice how little our fingers move. You should also be able to play these three chords without taking your ring finger off the D on the 2nd string. Here's how these voicings sound in context:
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