Cadd9 Chord – The name says it all : ) The Cadd9 chord is a C major chord with an additional 9th note from C Major Scale which is D. Cadd9 Chord has a very positive sound and in theory, you can replace the major chord with Added9th Chord, some times that will sound even better.
Chord Formula: 1-3-5-9
Chord Notes: C E G D
The most common Shape / Diagram for Cadd9 Is :
How This sound: Listen How this Cadd9 Should sound in Standard Tuning
Some alternative shapes are:
Some examples / Common Songs That used Cadd9 Chord:
- Every Rose Has Its Thorn Chords by Poison: This is probably one of the best examples of the uses of this Chord. In every line of Verse and chorus, The second chord. Listen to the song here.
- Wonderwall by Oasis: The first chord of the Chorus when it says “I said maybe”
- More Than Words By Extreme: Another great song , in verse and interlude this chord is used quite a few times.
- Behind Blue Eyes By Limp Bizkit: In Verse and Chorus used a lot of times.
- High by James Blunt: In chorus used 4 times.
FAQ On Cadd9 Chord
Q: What does Cadd9 mean?
Ans: C Major chord with its 9th (2nd Note) from Major Scale is Cadd9, Play C Major and Cadd9, you will see there is an extra punch on Cadd9.
Q: C9 and Cadd9: Are they the same?
Ans: No they are not the same, Basically Cadd9 Is C major with added 9th Note of the Scale on the other hand C9 is C dominant 7th (C7) with added 9th Note on it.
Q: What other chord sounds great with Cadd9?
Ans: When you compose a song don’t always follow theory, follow your ears instead.
Cadd9 Sounds great with G Major Chord, and D Chord but you can use at least 100 other chords depending on Your song Structure and feel.
Q: What is the formula For Cadd9 or any added 9th chord?
Ans: So for any chord, if you go to Major Scale and take the 9th (2nd) note from the scale you will get 9th Chord. So for Cadd9 It’s C Major (1,3,5) + 9th Note from the scale which is D.
Cadd9 Formula: 1 3 5 9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
C D E F G A B C D
Here are some Tabs / Alternative fret positions for Cadd9: [3 x 0 0 1 0] [x 3 0 0 1 0] [x 3 2 0 3 0] [x 3 2 0 3 3] [x x 0 0 1 0] [x x 0 5 5 3] [x 10 12 12 13 0] [x 3 2 0 3 0] [x 5 5 5 x 0] If you interested in chording and progressions you might be interested with our Songs with great chording series. Song With Great Chording – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John