#1
I read a sentence in a book of chords that confused me today. It reads "...this...chord is quite a stretch in most keys."

I don't understand. (It's an Aadd9)
I thought the key was a characteristic of the song. I don't see why the key would make a change in how you finger the chord. I think I must have a fundamental misunderstanding of some sort. It sounds like the author is suggesting that the chord gets harder to play depending on what song you use it in, which seems ridiculous.
#2
Maybe the author means that other add9s are a bit difficult to stretch to when fingering them?
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Maybe the author means that other add9s are a bit difficult to stretch to when fingering them?

That's what I would go for, but it's really quite hard to tell with so little context; it might be a little more evident with more knowledge of the rest of the book.
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#4
Closed position chords are chords that don't contain open strings such as barre chords. Some Voicing like add9 chords can span Five frets. Sounds like you have a very casual chord book good luck
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So the author might have been trying to say that chords like Cadd9, Dadd9, etc... Are hard to reach, but that Aadd9 isn't too bad?
#6
Possibly. Certainly Asus2 (which is Aadd9 minus the major third, C#) is fairly simple to finger.

Cadd9 is the one you tend to come across since it's very similar in fingering shape to G.
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So the author might have been trying to say that chords like Cadd9, Dadd9, etc... Are hard to reach, but that Aadd9 isn't too bad?


I think that's probably the most likely explanation. Depending on the key and which add9 chord you're using (and your guitar's tuning), some add9 chords will be played in the open position, and won't be difficult. But some will require a barre, and more of a finger stretch.
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#8
He may have meant that you cOuld play the normally closed position voicing he provided in the book for add9 chords in open position for Aadd9. Like this: x024xx for example. Then Badd9 would be x246xx and so on. There are other voicings that may be more practical or appropriate in whatever song you are learning.
#9
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Maybe the author means that other add9s are a bit difficult to stretch to when fingering them?

This^
He is probably suggesting that the grip in question is a stretch in most keys.