Minor 9th chords - Guitar diagrams and drop 2 voicings

Chord formulas chartminor 9th chord is a chord having a root (1), a minor third (b3), a perfect fifth (5), a minor 7th (b7) and a major 9th (9). The minor ninth chord can be used to ‘spice up’ basic minor chords. This is a dominant 9th chord with a minor third. This is a minor seventh chord with a ninth added.

C Minor 9th chord C E G B D
Formula 1 b3 5 b7

 

Notation symbol

Minor 9th chords are marked with a m9 or -9.  Example with Cm9 or C-9.

Minor 9 guitar chords - Basic positions

Here are three basic minor 9 guitar chords to learn before moving on minor 9 drop 2 voicings. The first diagram contains the five notes of a minor 9 chord. You have to bar with your first finger to get the root (R), the minor 7th (b7), the minor third (b3) and the fifth. The second position has no fifth and the third shape has no minor seventh.

Minor 9th chord - Root on 6th string
 

Minor 9 chord basic position 1

Minor 9th chord - Root on 5th string

Minor 9 chord basic position 2

Minor 9th chord - Root on 4th string

Minor 9 chord basic position 3

Leaving roots out

This lesson focuses on rootless drop 2 minor 9th chord positions. Because it is not always possible or easy to include all chord tones when you play 9th chords, you have to leave some chord tones out. As it is the case here, the root is ommited.

Please note that it is important to locate the root even its is not played. Root notes are dotted in red in the following diagrams. This will allow you to find more easily the chord position on the guitar neck and as well as its name.
 

The construction of minor 9th chords can be based on drop 2 minor 7th chords. It's quite easy, you just have to replace the root with the ninth. Here are two guitar diagrams that show the relation between these two chords.

Minor seventh chord (drop 2)

Minor seventh guitar chord diagram

Minor ninth chord

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 5 1

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chord voicings

Here are the drop 2 voicings related to the twelve minor 9 guitar diagrams below. As you can see there can be a ninth, a minor third, a fifth or a minor seventh in the bass.

minor 9th Root position 9 5 b7 b3
1st inversion b3 b7 9 5
2nd inversion 5 9 b3 b7
3rd inversion b7 b3 5 9

Rootless drop 2 minor 9th chords - Root positions and inversions - Bass on 6th string

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 1 1

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 2 1

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 3 1

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 4 1

Rootless drop 2 minor 9th chords - Root positions and inversions - Bass on 5th string

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 5 1

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 6

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 7

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 8

Rootless drop 2 minor 9th chords - Root positions and inversions - Bass on 4th string

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 9

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 10

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 12

Drop 2 minor 9th guitar chords 12

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