Major add9 Arpeggios - Lesson With Guitar Diagrams

What Are Major Add9 Arpeggios?

Major add9 arpeggios are built with four tones, root (1), major third (3), perfect fifth (p5) and ninth (9). They are simply major triads with an added ninth. Major add9 arpeggios should not be confused with major 9 arpeggios that are actually major seventh chords (tetrad chords) extended with an additional note, the ninth (9). So, the only difference between maj9 and major add9 is that the maj9 has a seventh (7).

Majadd9 arpeggios can be used over major chords when you want to add a specific color to your guitar lines.

Maj9 1 3 5 7 9
Major add9 1 3 5 X 9


Major Add9 Arpeggio Shapes - CAGED

If you're wondering what is the CAGED System, here is a simple explanation : The CAGED system is a very important concept that allows you to explore your guitar neck. It owes its name to the five basic open chord shapes : C, A, G, E, and D.

In the following diagram you see the three tones (R-3-5) which make up the basis of a major arpeggio plus the added note (the ninth) represented in blue. You need to know where the root of the chord is located (the root is the note that gives its name to a chord) in order to transpose each shape.


Major add9 guitar arpeggio caged


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Last edited: 30/11/2018