chord symbols

• Dec 19, 2020 - 12:18


How can I write a chord symbol of a B7(9) chord with the same style of a B6(9) chord?
By "style" I mean having the "6" above the "9" in the same vertical column.

And is posible (on a B6(9) chord) to have the "9" above the "6" and not vice-versa?

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Well, you can if you are willing to roll up your sleeves and mess with editing the chord description XML file - do a search of these forums for "chord description XML file" and you'll find some discussions on how to do this.

But FWIW, I would strongly recommend against trying that for either of the chords you mention.

For 69 chords, it's virtually universal to listen in the order mentioned, that's how musicians will be accustomed to seeing it.
By placing the 9 in the upper position, you risk musicians thinking the 7th is also implied, as it normally would be for any chord with a superscripted 9 after the root.

For ordinary ninth chords with sevenths, the standard symbol is simply B9 - the seventh is already implied. A few style guides used by some publishers do call for the 7 to be explicit, but then, the 9 is in parentheses and superscripted - not subscripted as it is for 69 chords. Only altered extensions - b9, #9, etc would ever be written in a column, and only combined with other altered extensions. So, B7(b9#9) might have the b9 and #9 stacked vertically, but the 9 and 7 would never normally be combined.

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