February 11

A Minor 9th Chord – Exotic, Sultry And A Pinky Stretcher

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Is Am9 A Cool Chord Or What?

I'm a sucker for exotic sultry chords. The A minor 9 sounds like something from a dreamy altered universe. When I play it in a chord progression like the one I've included in the lesson it conjures up images of traveling through exotic lands. 

If that's not enough to learn the Am9 chord… it also makes a great pinky stretching and strengthening exercise. 


Stretching Your Pinky

For most beginners (and even some veterans) stretching the pinky onto the 4th fret can be quite a feat. Even if you think it difficult now, know that if you are persistent someday it will seem easy. 

If you're not accustomed to using your pinky I would strongly recommend you start practicing an exercise like my Speed Developer # 2 exercise. This will help you to both strengthen your pinky and toughen up the skin on the pad of your finger so it doesn't hurt so much. 

Keep doing it a little every day as a warm-up exercise. At the same time you can keep working on the A minor 9 chord. You'll find that it will get easier and easier.

 

Let me know in the comments section if you'd like me to do a lesson on the rest of the chords in the progression I've included on the cheat sheet.


Recommended Resources:

Hammer On Pull Off Guitar Exercise And Pinky Strengthener


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Tomas Michaud

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  1. I loved this progression! It would be great if you could provide instruction on the rest of the chords and possibly let us know how you strummed it! THANK YOU 🙂

  2. Tomas, enjoyed this sound. I’ve been playing guitar for almost 3 months now on an acoustic Ibanez and have learned a lot from your instructional videos on YouTube. Thanks for putting it out there! As for a video lesson on the progression for this chord my opinion is I am able to use the Am9 cheat sheet pdf for the chord shapes and can follow your pattern via this video. Thanks again Tomas!

  3. Hi Tomas if you ever decide to visit North East England, I would like to come and watch you perform with an acoustic!

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