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Major Ninth Intervals

A major ninth interval is the distance from any note to a note fourteen half-steps away either ascending or descending. Another definition is an perfect octave plus a major second. It is a dissonant interval.

Playing major ninths on the guitar requires using the pick to strike the low note and the second finger to strike the high note. Strike the low note with a downward motion and strike the high note with an upward motion, as if you are trying to pinch the strings.

Be sure your guitar is in tune before playing the following examples.

A Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above A is B an octave above A.

Guitar tablature of A major ninth intervals

Bb (A#) Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above Bb is C an octave above Bb.

A major ninth above A# is B# an octave above A#. Notice that B# is actually a C note. However, a C an octave above A# is a major tenth interval. Therefore, to indicate this is a major ninth a B# us used.

Guitar tablature of A#/Bb major ninth intervals

B Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above B is C# an octave above B.

Note: Cb is a B. A major ninth above Cb is Db an octave above Cb.

Guitar tablature of B major ninth intervals

C Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above C is D an octave above C.

Note: B# is a C. A major ninth above B# is Cx (C double sharp) an octave above B#.

Guitar tablature of C major ninth intervals

Db (C#) Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above Db is Eb an octave above Db.

A major ninth above C# is D# an octave above C#.

Guitar tablature of C#/Db major ninth intervals

D Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above D is E an octave above D.

Guitar tablature of D major ninth intervals

Eb (D#) Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above Eb is F an octave above Eb.

A major ninth above D# is E# an octave above D#. Notice that E# is actually an F note. However, an F above D# is a diminished minor tenth. Therefore, to indicate this is a major ninth interval an E# is used.

Guitar tablature of D#/Eb major ninth intervals

E Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above E is F# an octave above E.

Note: Fb is an E. A major ninth above Fb is Gb an octave higher.

Guitar tablature of E major ninth intervals

F Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above F is G an octave above F.

Note: E# is an F. A major ninth above E# is Fx (F double sharp) an octave higher.

Guitar tablature of F major ninth intervals

F# (Gb) Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above F# is G# an octave above F#.

A major ninth above Gb is Ab an octave above Gb.

Guitar tablature of F#/Gb major ninth intervals

G Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above G is A an octave above G.

Guitar tablature of G major ninth intervals

Ab (G#) Major Ninth Interval on the Guitar

A major ninth above Ab is Bb an octave above Ab.

A major ninth above G# is A# an octave above G#.

Guitar tablature of G#/Ab major ninth intervals

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