Playing a lot of Jazz & Bossa lately. Mostly just me on guitar comping for a soloist; usually a flute.
I keep running into 9 chords (e.g. C7, CMaj9, C7(#9), etc) and can't figure the best way to play them using a root on the 6th string (bass E).
Drop the 5th? e.g. C9 = 8-7-8-7-x-x
This type of shape (R,3,7,9) sounds fine when using the root on the 5th string but off the 6th, playing the 5th & 6th string together sounds bad. Not sure why but I understand a lot of jazzers typicaly don't play the 5th & 6th string together in a chord. Its as if the major 3rd interval sound is too dominant played off the two bass strings.
Drop the Root? e.g. C9 = x-7-8-7-8-x
Great if you have a bassist playing with you but without one I feel i'm losing some important notes there - especially with the 5th being played so high.
Are there any other voicings that might prove more effective? Maybe stay off the chords with a root on the 6th altogether?
Before I learnt 9th chords I just played the 7 variant. I figure this is fine if the melody covers the 9th note. If not I guess I should adjust my voicing accordingly? - if only I could sight read that fast