How to Play a B Flat Ninth Chord on the Piano

Ninth Chords

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

What Are Ninth Chords?

Ninth chords are major 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 ninth chord, we’ll start by building a major chord. Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

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

Next we’ll add the ninth note of the scale to the chord. Since a scale only has eight notes, we can repeat the scale into the next octave to find the ninth note. The ninth note is the same as the second note of the scale, but one octave up.

How to Play a B Flat Ninth Chord

To build a B flat ninth chord, we’ll start by building a B flat major chord. We can build a B flat major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the B flat major scale: B♭ – D – F

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

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

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

B♭ – D – F – A♭ – C

b flat ninth chord piano

You can use this pattern to build any other ninth chord! First build a major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale. Then find the seventh note of the scale, lower it 1/2 step, and add it to the major chord. Then repeat the scale into the next octave to find the ninth note and add it to the chord.

Chord Fingering

Ninth chords sound really nice, but 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
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

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

Ninth chords are more complex, but it’s nice to know how to build them when you need them. And using chords at the piano is a wonderful way to express music creatively!

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