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Jazzy - Blues E9 Chord

David O' Toole (784) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Jazzy Blues Chord - E9

This little chord series is aimed at players who are already familiar with and using basic chords already - these are ways to spice some of the basics up. If you need to brush up or learn about basic chord usage please go to our Basic 'Essential' Chord Families Guide

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Our chord here is a tried and trusted Industry Standard that all the pro's use - It's called E9. This guitar chord is totally moveable, and the root note for this chord is on the A string (in this inversion).

  • Beginners Diagram Tip In Diagram below you can see the note name and the finger used to play it. eg E2 = the note E, played with the second finger.
  • You can see that finger 3 is barring 3 notes at the same time. Tricky at the start but gets real easy after a while. Btw the open low E string used here in this example below, is optional for this particular E9 chord - if you move the shape around to different frets (or keys), the low E string is not played and muted with the tip of the 2nd finger.
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Guitar Chord E9


Music Note width=32 height=32E9 demo (slides around a bit by 1 fret).

Substitutions

A good place to use the 9th chord would be during a Blues "Turnaround" - ie at the last measure (12) before going back to the beginning of a blues progression. Here's an example:

Standard Blues Progression:

Bars 1 - 12



1


2


3


4




A / / / :


A / / / :


A / / / :


A7 / / / :














5


6


7


8




D7 / / / :


D7 / / / :


A / / / :


A / / / :














9


10


11


12














E7 / / / :


D7 / / / :


A / / / :


E9 / / / :












You can see in measure (bar) 12 in the above example, that we've used our friend E9 instead of the usual E7 used here - sounds well.

  • Full name is E Dominant 9
  • Chord Tones: 1 3 5 b7 9
  • Notes: E G# B D F#
  • Notice the low E string is utilized to strong effect.
  • It's nice with a bit off subtle vibrato too and slides around well.


Thanx and hope you like the flavor of this sophisticated, bluesy, jazzy chord - here's a few more chord ideas we've looked at.

David
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