13th chords

The 13th Chord adds another tone to the 11th chord and, hence the name, the tone is 13 steps from the root.  If you are playing the piano you could play this chord with seven tones while the guitar is limited to six tones.Therefore, at least some tone are always excluded which can vary depending on the chord shape. If you don't feel confortable with the stretch, see more shapes below.

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C13

  • C13 chord diagram

D13

  • D13 chord diagram

E13

  • E13 chord diagram

F13

  • F13 chord diagram

G13

  • G13 chord diagram

A13

  • A13 chord diagram

B13

  • B13 chord diagram

More chords

None for the moment in this category

Alternative chord shapes

Besides the chord pictures above there are different ways to play the 13th chord. On the picture below you can see an alternative and which, like the already given example, also is movable.


With the root on 6th string:

13 chord shape

Since the root is on the sixth string, you you use 3X345X to play G13 with the shape above. In this chord shape you mute the second string with an adjacent finger. This chord can sound great with a single stroke as an outro, for example in a 12 bar blues (as a last stroke, in the last bar). ( The similar shape 3X3455 is sometimes also referred to as G13, bur are more correctly a G13 6/9.)


These are two common voicings:

13 chord voicings shapes

On the diagram to the left, the root is on the 2nd string and on the diagram to the right the root is on the 1st strings. Two examples with short notations are E13: X5665X and F13: XX1231.

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