D9 Guitar Chord Lesson

Learn how to play the D9 Guitar Chord (also known as D dominant 9th) with this free lesson.

The D9 Guitar Chord is found by locating the 1, 3, 5, b7 and 9 positions of  the D Major Scale: D E F# G A B C# , or the notes D, F#, A, C and E. The b7 symbol means that we take the 7th step of the D Major Scale and flatten it by 1 half step to arrive at our ā€œCā€.

D9 Chord Notes: D, F#, A, C and E

Here is a key that will help you read the chart:

Basic Guitar Chords Chart Key

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.

D9 Guitar Chord Video

Chord Playing Tips: Be sure that you are pressing down on the strings hard enough. You should 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.