Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Emajor9 - The first chord of Angel

Chords of Jimi Hendrix

Continuing our Hendrix mini-series here at today's chord is a nice sounding E major9 chord. This chord is the very first guitar chord played at the start of 'Angel' from 'The Cry of Love' album released after his death.

We've featured an alternative E major9 inversion before. Remember that Hendrix tuned his guitar down a half step, so you'll sound a semitone higher unless you detune too. There's more info on Jimi's tuning in our first Hendrix chord post.
E Major9 Hendrix Guitar Chord
Emajor9 angel chord

Here's the fingering for this guitar chord:
E Major9 Hendrix Angel Guitar Chord

If you miss out the open E strings in this chord, you're playing a G#m7 chord.

Major 9 chords can be replace major 7th chords, and can often be played  in place of major chords. It can replace I and IV chords.

Major 9 chords use these degrees of the major scale: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

E Major 9 uses the notes: E, D#, G#, B, F#, E

Our inversion uses the notes in this order: E, F#, G#, D#, B, E.

Tune in tomorrow for more of our Jimi Hendrix mini series and another Hendrix guitar chord of the day.