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Break Free from "Normal" Chords 13

The 7 flat 9 chord is a useful variant on a straight dominant 7th chord when you're in a minor key.[ E7 in the key of A minor ]

In this example I'm playing an E7b9 at the open position then going to an inversion of the same chord before resolving on an A minor.

To get the inversion you simply move the shape ( shown below ) up three frets - leaving the open strings open.

This works like a diminished chord in that you could keep going up three frets at a time and it is still the same chord as long as you have the open E note at the bottom.


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