In this video guitar lesson I’m going to show you one of the “cool chords”. One of the “money chords”. A guitar chord that the pros use as a substitute for a regular old D major chord. It is called Dadd9(add4), or Dadd4(add9), or Dadd9(4), or Dadd4(9). That’s the problem with some of the cool chords…they sometimes don’t have nice and neat short names.
(Video Guitar Lesson)
Dadd9(add4) Chord Chart
Check out my lesson on how to read guitar chord charts. This “fancy” D chord is just a basic C major chord shape moved up 2 frets.
What makes this Dadd4(add9) Chord Tick?
The open 1st string is what is called a 9, and the open 3rd string is what is called a 4. And all that means is that if you were to play a D major scale and gave each note a number, when you reached 9…that note would be an E. And when you reached 4 in the scale that would be a G.
This Dadd4(9) Chord is “Wrong”
Yes, I’m actually showing you a chord that is theoretically…wrong 🙂 Because this chord has a 3(F#) and a 4(G)…those note clash against each other. And as you study music theory for guitar, you will find that this is a “No No”. Ahh, but rules are meant to be broken, and out in the real world and outside of a music theory text book they are broken all the time.
Yes, this Dadd9(4) chord contains some dissonance or tension. But that tension gets resolved as you move on to other chords.
Picking Out the Notes of a Dadd9 add4 Chord
This Dadd4(add9) sounds especially “purdy” (translated “pretty”) when you pick out the notes individually. So that F# and G note are not being played at the same time. Below is a guitar tab of the example I was playing in the video guitar lesson above. In this example I never do play the 1st string open, so in this case it’s actually just a Dadd4 chord. But play around with some other ideas that do use the 1st string open as well.
= Down Pick = Up Pick
Strumming the Dadd4 add9 Chord
Here is the strumming example that I was playing in the video guitar lesson above. Similar to what you might hear in “Lord I Lift Your Name On High”…or for the rowdier crowd “Wild Thing”, or “The Joker” 🙂
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Dadd9(add4) Jam Track
Guitar Lesson Downloads
Right Click on the links below to save the files to your computer or other electronic gizmo. Below are links to download the MP3 Jam Track and the Printout page for this guitar lesson.