In this lesson, you will learn how to play the C#9 Guitar Chord (also known as C Sharp 9). There are three voicings of this chord pictured below in the charts. All three of these variations are suited for intermediate to advanced players, so if you are a beginners, you may find this a bit challenging. This doesn’t mean you should attempt these chords. I am only saying this so you don’t get frustrated if you aren’t able to play these right away. It takes practice. I hope you find this post helpful.
The C#9 Chord is found by locating the 1, 3, 5 ,b7 and 9 positions (C#, E#,G#, B and D#) of the C# Scale: C#, D#, E#, F#, G#, A#, and B#. The “b7” symbol means that we take the 7th position of the C# scale (B#) and we flatten it by 1/2 step giving us our “B” note.
Here is a key that will help you read the chart:
Everything on the above chart should be self explanatory, except for the last three in the third column. They may need a bit of explaining. The O, or open symbol, simply means that you do not press down on any notes on that string. The X means you do not strum that particular string. The Barre symbol means you need to barre that particular fret. When you barre a fret you are pressing down on multiple strings at the same time with one finger.
C#9 Video Demo
Chord Playing Tips
Be sure that you are pressing down on the strings hard enough and play each string one at a time to make sure you have a nice clean sound. If any of the strings buzz or sound muted, then something is not right.