11th chords

The 11th Chord adds another tone to the 9th chord and, hence the name, this tone is 11 steps from the root.  If you are playing the piano you could play this chord with seven tones, but on a guitar only six tones is possible of course. Therefore, at least some tone are always excluded which can vary depending on the chord shape.

11

C11

  • C11 chord diagram

D11

  • D11 chord diagram

E11

  • E11 chord diagram

F11

  • F11 chord diagram

G11

  • G11 chord diagram

A11

  • A11 chord diagram

B11

  • B11 chord diagram

More chords

None for the moment in this category

Comment

There are also major and minor 11th chords for guitar. The abbreviations for these are maj11 (e.g. Cmaj11) and m11 (e.g. Cm11). In this case, the short abbreviations 11 indicate that it's an expanded dominant chord.

Chord construction

C11  C - E - Bb - F - x - x
D11  D - F# - C - G - x - x
E11  E - G# - D - A - x - x
F11  F - A - Eb - Bb - x - x
G11  G - Bb - F - C - x - x
A11  A - C# - G - D - x - x
B11  x - B - D# - A - C# - E
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

C11  C - E - G - Bb - D - F
D11  D - F# - A - C - E - G
E11  E - G# - B - D - F# - A
F11  F - A - C - Eb - G - Bb
G11  G - B - D - F - A - C
A11  A - C# - E - G - B - D
B11  B - D# - F# - A - C# - E
The intervals are 1 – 3 – 5 – b7 – 9 – 11

Alternative chord shapes

As always, there are other ways to form a specific chord. The 11th chord could also be played as a barre chord with this shape:


11 chord barre
In this chord shape, the root is there you hold your index finger (the lowest note).

See also 13th chords.

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