• Stylish Minor Ninth Chord

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    “The Minor Ninth Chord in C#”

    Bass = C#

    Right hand = E + G# + B + D#

    I like to use this chord progression in a “1-4” turnaround. For example, it creates a nice groove when you change the 3rd finger from “B” to “A# (or Bb)” Now, if you do this, you must also change the bass to “F#.” That is why I call it the “1-4” turnaround because “F#” is the 4th tone in the C# major scale. Basically, you switch from the C# minor chord (the third tone is a “B” natural) to the F#13 chord (the third tone is simply lowered to “A#” and the bass to “F#). Here is a summary:

    C#min9 –> F#13

    (Bass: C# Right hand: E + G# + B + D#) –>
    (Bass: F# Right hand: E + G# + A# + D#)

    Try it out … I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty “groovy!”

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    { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Loyiso Mali

    This is a very nice chord! Thank u.


    2 Sinclair solomon Emmanuel

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    3 nsikan

    i must confess that uncle j grigs is a blessing to my piano ministry. keep it up sir


    4 Onome

    I haven’t tried this chord but will do so right away, and i know its gonna be powerful.
    Thanks Griggs Jermaine


    5 Kelly divine

    Pls. I need help


    6 Samuel Chiemerie

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    7 Samuel Chiemerie

    Am very Lucky to meet this site,I have benefited a lot.great thanks to the founder!


    8 martins oyise

    i gonna try this , i agree


    9 adewolekeys

    Wow!! Am happy to be here on hear&play.. Thank Griggs Jermaine.. The mtreport.pdf its very fantastic..


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