add9 Chords and simple 9ths

So continuing the E13th Discovery.

That integral add9 if we look in the key of C. At the 8th Fret C, D, E, G is our Cadd9

Add9 Chords

An Add9 chord is simply a triad with the 9th degree added in. Unlike a standard 9th chord. add9 chords typically don’t include a 7th scale degree.

Now What makes it so interesting is that an  add9 chord can be substituted for any diatonic triad in a major or minor key and still be diatonic (aka sound correct). If used with a major triad it adds some ethereal color to the chord. When used with a minor triad it adds a bit of dissonent tension.

To take it a step further to convey a 9th Chord:

I quite prefer to drop the Root note C entirely and simply play the remaining notes in Major/Minor. So

Major: One of my fav inversions E, G, D

Minor: Eb, G, D

In a Jazz context a simple add9 can thus also convey a M9 or a m9



Dissonance in your Dominant 7th

So recent love of dissonance has led me to play with a tension filled dominant 7th.

Voicing For a 7th (standard Drop 2) – Root – b7 – 3rd.

Try sharpening your Root so example C would become C# – Which in a dominant chord would imply a b9 sound. Tense.

So b9 – b7 – 3rd. Enjoy your new voicing and hear other say what is that chord??? Feels like its going somewhere and it works. Now every time you want some tension add that b9 voicing and enjoy.


In the Key of C it would be.

Db – Bb – E

Happy Playing.



Sit Down!!!

Konig & Meyer 14065-000-55 395mm to 585mm Leather Adjustable Keyboard Bench – Black


So all too often we spend on lots of different types of gear but one has never been so overlooked than where we put our derriere.(Hope I spelt that right)

We use chairs and all sorts and from my experience of long practice hours just as concert pianists and pros know a good Piano seat and seating position allows optimum performance plus avoids injury further down the line.

So after spending countless hours reading reviews I decided to order one and take this seriously. My two cushions and foldable chair is hurting my lower back so F@&K that.

I found an affordable but reputable seat and lower back ache gone. Playing position improved. Happy as a lark.

Doesn’t your bum deserve better?