How to Play an E Flat 9 Chord on the Piano

Ninth Chords

Let’s look at how to play an E flat 9 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.

So 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, to find the ninth note, we’ll repeat the scale into the next octave. The ninth note is the same as the second note of the scale, but one octave up.

How to Play an E Flat 9 Chord

So to play an E flat 9 chord, we’ll start by building an E flat major chord. We can build an E flat major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the E flat major scale: E♭ – G – B♭

Then we’ll find the seventh note of the E flat major scale, D, lower it 1/2 step, and then add it to the chord: D♭

Then we’ll repeat the scale into the next octave to find the ninth note and add it to the chord: F

So to play an E flat 9 chord, we’ll play:

E♭ – G – B♭ – D♭ – F

e flat 9 chord piano

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

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Fingering

There are different options for how to reach these notes with one hand. One option would be to move the F down to the position of a second. Then the notes would be played in this order using fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 (thumbs are 1’s):

E♭ – F – G – B♭ – D♭

Another option would be to play an E flat octave with your left hand, and then the right hand could play the remaining notes in their original order using fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 5:

Left hand: E♭ – E♭

Right hand: G – B♭ – D♭ – F

Another option would be to combine these first two options. The notes would be rearranged so the F is moved down to the position of a second, and then the left hand plays the E flat octave. The right hand could use fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 to play the remaining notes:

Left hand: E♭ – E♭

Right hand: F – G – B♭ – D♭

Other Chord Types

Some of the 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 an E flat 9 chord on the piano, and you can use this knowledge to build other ninth chords!

Ninth chords are more complex to learn, but the added notes make them sound really rich and full.

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