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How do I play this C9 chord?

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I'm trying to play a C Dominant 9th chord in the lowest position as in the attached image. It seems impossible to finger correctly. There's no way I can get my second finger to bend onto the fifth (A) string while my third finger is holding down the 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings. How is it done?

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Maybe I cheat, I dunno, but I use my thumb for the 'A' string (and the low 'E', of course...), The index for the 'D' string and barre the top three with my ring finger (although I don't have rings; it's just called that, s'all...).

The 'real' way to play it is shown here ...

Dominant 9th ...

Hope this helps. B|

Edited by Dad3353

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Miss off the high G and finger the D with your pinky, you'll still get the full 9th 'flavour'. Then you can slide the pinky up a semi-tone for a full on, Hendrix #9; Foxy!

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Hi .

If you make sure to get a high Arch with the second finger and the turn the the third finger at almost a 45% angle it would work, takes a lot of practice, but less strenuous in the end, hope this helps

Mike

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On 03/06/2020 at 16:53, ezbass said:

Miss off the high G and finger the D with your pinky, you'll still get the full 9th 'flavour'. Then you can slide the pinky up a semi-tone for a full on, Hendrix #9; Foxy!

^ I'll second this. I never bother playing the high fifth with this shape. The lowest four strings give you root, major third, dominant 7th and ninth, which is all you really need to give that chord its character. Hell, if you're playing in a group, I'd even leave out the root - let the bass take care of that and free up a little space in the mix!

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