How to play the chord Cadd9 on a ukulele?

Learning the ukulele is fun and easy. You learn some chords, then you try to play a song. But have you ever come across such a situation, where you try to look a song up? Then where you find yourself completely lost because of one chord you never knew existed. I came across the same situation with Cadd9. It added a whole new dimension of chords I did not know of. If you are facing the same issue, then this article is for you! In this article, we will learn how to play the Cadd9 and where it came from.

What is an added chord?

Cadd9 is an easy and fun chord to play. It is pronounced as “C add 9”. So from the name, we can identify it is an added chord. Now you might ask, what is an added chord? Added chords are major-triads with an extra added note of ninth above the root note. The root note is the note on which the chords build upon. For example, Cadd9’s root note is C. Like I said before, the add9 chord is simply the major triad with an added 9. Basically, the major-triad consists of the root (1), the major third (3), and the perfect fifth (5). So the formula is 1,3,5,9.

How Cadd9 is created?

We already know the structure to make the added chords. We will apply the same rule on C-major to get the Cadd9 chord. Firstly, let’s take a look at the C-major Scale.

So the notes are C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. So if we take the first, third, fifth. We get C, E, G. Now we have the C-major chord. But if we add that ninth note, we get C, E, G, and D. Now we have the Cadd9 chord.

Here is a picture of the C-major chord and the Cadd9 on the Ukulele. On the left, we have the C-major chord and on the right, we have the Cadd9.

There are many ways of playing the Cadd9. But this is the simplest and the popular one. 

If you want to learn more ways of playing Cadd9. You can find it in the following link: 


Video on how to play cadd9 on ukulele

Do you really need to learn CADD9?

And the answer is yes! Despite the common chords being the major and minor. Added chords are very popular. Cadd9 is one of the easiest and beginner level chord that is used in a lot of songs. So yes, you really need to learn Cadd9. From the article, you should be able to build more added chords too! I hope the article helped you understand the theory of added chords. With just a little bit of practice, you should be able to play the chord without facing any challenge. 

I hope the article helped you! Thank you for reading.

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