Watch the F#7#9 Chord Tones online guitar lesson by Robbie Calvo from Sweet Notes

If you guys are familiar with Jimi Hendrix you probably know this chord but as an E7#9. We are playing the same shape as that but at the 9th fret which makes it an F#7#9. Let's play the chord voicing and name the notes F# - A# - E - G##. (The G is a double # because it's a #9. When G# is sharpened it becomes G##). Now let's play the arpeggio shape. We will be adding the 5th (C#) to this shape even though it is not in our voicing because technically the 5th would be in the chord. Don't get me started on the heavy theory stuff, you'll lose your will to live! The arpeggio is F# - G## - A# - C# - E.

Using the same muting approach as we did on the E9 chord let's learn and play a couple of single note funk riffs over our F#7#9 chord.

Riff 1 This riff uses the same syncopated rhythm pattern as our riff in E9. When we've learned all of these riffs we'll put the whole thing together and play the whole progression. Riff 2 Again the same phrasing as our riff 2 over the E9 chord only using chord tones of the F#7#9.

O.K we are going to learn three licks. Lick 3 will be derived from our arpeggio shape but first I wanted to give you the chance to learn an F# minor pentatonic shape at the 9th fret and see why we can also use it to improvise over our F#7#9 chord. Let's play the chord and names the notes F# - G## - A# - C# - E. Now we'll play the new F#minor pentatonic shape over the chord and name the notes F# - A(G##) - B - C# - E. We can see that this scale has four out of five of the chord tones in our chord which makes it an excellent choice for improvising over the chord. Please note that G## = A in aural terms. Let's learn a couple of F# minor pentatonic licks and then learn an arpeggio lick.

Lick 1 Bar 1 of this lick resolves to the root(F#) whilst bar 2 resolves chromatically from F# down to the b7 (E). Lick 2 We start the lick with a smooth semi-tone bend from G# to A (G##). Our resolution is to the A in the scale which equates to the G## in our chord (the #9). Don't let the theoretical mumbo jumbo baffle you. I have to be careful to teach you this correctly because if I called the #9 (G##) an A note I guarantee we'd get letters from professors telling us we'd taught you something incorrectly :-)! Listen to the DVD and I'll explain the whole thing visually too. Lick 3 This is an F#7#9 arpeggio triplet lick incorporating a semi-tone bend on beat three from G## to A# and then let back down to G## again to finally resolve to the root note (F#).