Watch the C Major 9 Chord Inversions online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Inversion Excursion

We will now go over C major 9 chords and the various inversions. It is a 5 note chord meaning two extensions are added to the triads. The spelling of a C major 9 chord is: C-E-G-B-D or 1-3-5-7-9. Since we are dealing with the 1-2-3-4 strings we will be using 4 of the 5 notes as you don't have to play all 5 notes. Notice where on the fingerboard the fifth note of the chord lies as you are playing the other four notes of the chord. For each inversion, look at the chord and pick out each of the chord tones naming the notes.