9th Chords

9th Chords are some of my favorite chords to use when playing the blues. So let’s talk about them today…

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  • David A Jarvis

    Reply Reply December 24, 2017

    Many thanks for the funk rhythms starting at 3:50 and especially at 4:09

  • Steve

    Reply Reply November 21, 2017

    I find the 4-note, 4 finger 9th usefull at times and not at all difficult to play. For example, Gary Moore change from F9 to E7#9 is easier for me if I use the 4-note 9th.

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply November 21, 2017

    Excellent video Griff! All of us Blues guys (and gals) need this.

  • Jake L Whicker

    Reply Reply November 20, 2017

    Griff, thanks so much. Your advice is so spot on. So glad you’re my teacher. I believe in life long learning, and you keep it real and relevant.

    • George J

      Reply Reply November 21, 2017


      What an excellent tuition session. So glad to have you around as I never get bored learning from your sessions.

  • Bruce

    Reply Reply November 20, 2017

    The story goes, when Catfish was auditioning for James Brown, he was asked if he could play a 9 chord.
    He said “Yes”. Then they said “But, can you play it All night long.” Ha

  • Paul Puntenney

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    What brand of guitar is he playing?

    • LC Overton

      Reply Reply November 20, 2017

      It’s a Suhr, pronounced “sir”
      Really nice guitars, stainless frets!

  • Gaz

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Great timing Griff ,I’ve just in the last few months realy started to use my 9th ( 6th string root 9th took a while) and of course now all my basic blues sounds funky.

  • Robyn

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Good information. Thanks Griff.

  • Ralph Adamo

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Thanks, Griff, for your insights into playing the 9th chords. The 9th chords are indeed magical. I think I first really got to understand and appreciate 9th chords upon hearing James Brown’s “Sex Machine” for the first time. While this was 1970’s funk music, funk music is really an offshoot of R&B, which, of course, includes the blues. The James Brown song was basically one 9th chord with some variations in a unique kind of rhythm. Although I was just a novice guitar player and only knew the most basic chords, like C, E, G, D, and A, and had no idea what a 7th or 9th chord was, I could figure out what James Brown’s guitarist was doing, playing solely by ear and experimenting. I soon got the sound down and then the unique rhythm pattern of the song. So, oddly, even before I started to listen to the blues, the magical 9th chord was my first expansion beyond the most basic chords. Later, I learned that many guitarists refer to the 9th chord as the “James Brown Chord” because it was so vital to his music and sound. The magic stays with you.

  • John

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Thanks Griff. That really was a brilliant lesson. Clear and concise, and just simplified something that I hadn’t grasped before. Now I can play all the 9th chords (I just love that sound), with or without the root and I now know where to use them. I love that 13th as well. Blown away!

  • Charlie Durham

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Thanks for the excellent lesson! You simplify things so well so it`s not such a challenge ,I appreciate all your hard work bringing these videos to us.

  • Brian Leppanen

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Thanks for all of the emails and I appreciate everything you’ve provided.

  • PRuthie

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Could you provide a tab for any of the rhythms that you demonstrate in this video? They are very cool with the chords. Thank you.

  • Pete B

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Hi Griff
    Good to see you back if front of the camera again for an illuminating lesson on 9th chords. Sweet
    Always a pleasure.

    • Ted

      Reply Reply November 19, 2017

      If you have the Blues Guitar Unleashed course book or cd check out lesson number three (page 19). You will find these there. Very good lesson.

  • Dave

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Really cool stuff Griff. Thanks for that one.. always been a fan of the jazzy funk sound. Must go back to the disco days.

  • Hadoudy

    Reply Reply November 19, 2017

    Can you explain how peter green come to the chords progression in Supernatural.
    It is in Dm. Where is it come from his Bb and C abd A majors.

    • David Waterbury

      Reply Reply November 19, 2017

      I’m pretty sure it’s a Circle of 4ths. Similar to Gary Moore’s Still Got The Blues.

      • Chris

        Reply Reply November 19, 2017

        thanks griff just learnd 9 cords a month ago that is my favorite cord now it easy for me to do a full 9 cord

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