Chords with roots on the E string: G Major 9 and G 6/9

Major 9 chords have a lovely open and spacious sound to them. The 6/9 chord is also spacious but has a more resolved feel to it. These shapes are very similar with only the 4th finger being the difference between them.

They can both be a little tricky. Notice the ellipse around the 1st finger in the chord diagram. It should be laying flat on the neck playing those 2 notes as a bar. Practice shifting from the G Maj 7 shape to the G Maj 9 shape to the G 6/9 shape. Do this slowly remembering that clean tones are what you want to hear.

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Below is the same chord progression we learned in the GMaj7 Am7 lesson with a few changes. This time, we will use a BbMaj9 at the 4th bar and have added a few extra bars at the end of the progression to let you hear how you can use the GMaj9 and G6/9 chords to add some color to this progression.

Use the chord diagrams above to play this progression.

For the BbMaj9, play the shape on the 6th fret.
For the AbMaj7, play the shape on the 4th fret.

For the Bm7, play the shape on the 7th fret.

Click on the chord chart for an MP3 audio example.

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