I played in the band at church yesterday, and a certain song had two chords that had me curious how to play them.
The first chord is Dmaj9. The notes in this chord are D, F#, A, C#, and E. This seems like a lot of notes that are close together, meaning it would be difficult to play on a guitar without dropping some notes. My question is this: If I were to drop a note or two, which notes (in order) should I be dropping? (The converse of this is, Which notes are most important?) I'm tempted to play an A with a D in the bass (i.e., xx0220), but I don't know if this misses something important.
The second chord is E(4). I haven't run into this notation before. Is it different from Esus4? In Esus4, you play the fourth instead of the third. Does this notation mean you play both the third and the fourth together? If so, that would be difficult on guitar, so again, which note should I emphasize, the third or the fourth?
I should state the song in question is in the key of A, so the Dmaj9 adds color to the IV and the E(4) takes the place of the V. The E(4) never moves to an E, it always goes directly to the I (A).
Thanks in advance for your tips, tricks, and hints!