How to Play an E Flat Minor 9 Chord on the Piano

Minor Ninth Chords

Let’s look at how to play an E flat minor 9 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 taking the matching major chord and 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 add the ninth note of the scale to the chord. Since scales only have eight notes, we 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 an E Flat Minor 9 Chord

So to build an E flat minor 9 chord, we’ll start with an E flat minor chord. We can build an E flat minor chord by taking an E flat major chord, E♭ – G – B♭, and lowering the middle note 1/2 step: E♭ – G♭ – B♭

Then we’ll find the seventh note of the E flat major scale, D, lower it 1/2 step to D♭, and 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 minor 9 chord, we’ll play:

E♭ – G♭ – B♭ – D♭ – F

e flat minor 9 chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other minor ninth chord. We’ll first build a minor chord by taking the matching major chord and 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 repeat the scale into the next octave to find the ninth note and add it to the chord.

Fingering

Here are some options for reaching the notes:

We can play an E flat octave with the left hand, and then play the remaining notes with the right hand using fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 5 (thumbs are 1’s):

Left hand: E♭ – E♭

Right hand: G♭ – B♭ – D♭ – F

Or we can play an E flat octave with the left hand, and then move the F down to the position of a second and play the remaining notes with the right hand using fingers 1 – 2 – 3 – 5:

Left hand: E♭ – E♭

Right hand: F – G♭ – B♭ – D♭

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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 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
Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to play an E flat minor 9 chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other minor ninth chord!

These chords are kind of complex, but the added notes make the chord sound very rich and full!

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