How to Play a B Flat Minor Ninth Chord on the Piano

Minor Ninth Chords

Let’s look at how to play a B flat minor ninth chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other minor ninth chord.

What Are Minor Ninth Chords?

Minor ninth chords are minor chords with two added notes. The added notes are the seventh note of the matching major scale, lowered 1/2 step, and the ninth note of the scale.

To build a minor ninth chord, we’ll start by building a minor chord. We can build a minor chord by building the matching major chord, then lowering the middle note 1/2 step.

Then we’ll find the seventh note of the matching major scale, lower it 1/2 step, and add it to the chord.

Then we’ll find the ninth note of the matching major scale and add it to the chord. Since scales only have eight notes, we’ll need to repeat the scale into the next octave to find the ninth. The ninth note is the same as the second note of the scale, but one octave up.

How to Play a B Flat Minor Ninth Chord

So to build a B flat minor ninth chord, we’ll start by building a B flat minor chord. We can build a B flat minor chord by building a B flat major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the B flat major scale: B♭ – D – F, and then we can lower the middle note 1/2 step: B♭ – D♭ – F

Then we’ll find the seventh note of the B flat major scale, A, and lower it 1/2 step: A♭

Then we’ll repeat the scale into the next octave to find the ninth note: C

So to play a B flat minor ninth chord, we’ll play:

B♭ – D♭ – F – A♭ – C

b flat minor ninth chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other minor ninth chord! First we’ll build a minor chord, then we’ll find the seventh note of the matching major scale, lower it 1/2 step, and add it to the chord. Then we’ll repeat the scale into the next octave to add the ninth note.

Chord Fingering

You probably can’t reach all these notes with your right hand, so you could play the B♭ with your left hand and the other notes with your right. When you do this, you can use fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 to play the D♭ – F – A♭ – C (thumbs are 1’s).

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Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 35-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note and type.

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

Major
Minor
Augmented
Diminished
Second
Minor Second
Suspended
Fifth
Sixth
Minor Sixth
Seventh
Minor Seventh
Major Seventh
Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to build a B flat minor ninth chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build any other minor ninth chord!

Using chords to learn and play the piano is a wonderful way to enjoy music!

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