Minor 11 Chords

This next set of chords is Minor 11 chords. And they are really just a Minor 7 chord just extended out to include some other notes namely the 9 and the 11 which are basically high 2s and 4s. So let us go ahead and start with A.  We are going to do A through G just like we’ve been doing the whole time. We will start with the 5th fret up here.  So let us go ahead and down and give it a shot .This type of chord is fingered a little differently. As you can see per the diagram, the middle is on the bottom. You got the ring and the pinky and the middle here. And then, you got this finger right here at the end. And you can if you want to, you can include the top one there, that is a flat 7 which adds a little spice to it. These are real nice chords for blues.  They’re really nice chords just all around. This is probably my own personal favorite as far as the chords go or the Minor 7s, Minor 11s, Minor 13s and so on. So let us do it, it is A Minor 11. So there it is, just do a string check, go through, make sure they’re all coming out and give us a call if you need any help. See you in the next chord.

This next chord is B Minor 11. And we are just going to take the A Minor 11 configuration. And we are just going to move it up to the 7th fret. We are going to put this back here, our index back here and we’ll also branch off and hold this down as well. So here it is, B Minor 11. And per the diagram, you can kind of decipher where stuff goes. Take your time, pause the video if you need to and let’s try it. And as I have said in the other video series, that you should probably use your fingers when you are first learning your right hand. Of course, fingers to sort of make contact with the strings and sort of get a feel where the - because using a pick sometimes does not work because there is a lot of meeting going on and it helps you get a better feel for what works from what does not. See you in the next chord.

Okay, this next chord is C Minor 11. And we are going to go back to the 3rd fret here. And we are going to do something a little fancy.   And instead of using these 2 fingers here, we are going to switch to these so your ring finger is going to be on the 5th string on the 3rd fret and your pinky finger is going to be on the 3rd string on the 3rd fret and you are going to bar this back here. And this is a C Minor 11 chord Form 2 based on the A string as tonic. So that is a C Minor 11 on to the 3rd fret, 8th position form 2. See you in the next chord.

With the D Minor 11, we were just going to go ahead and move up our C, two frets. Just like on the keyboard, D is two frets or one whole step above C. So let us just go ahead and move it up to here. And let us do the same thing, things get a little easier when you get up here and have a little buzzing going on down here and that happens when you get near here. That is a hard one, count in the barbarian hands only for that chord, so here we go. It is the D Minor 11. Just go through and do a strings check. Make sure they’re all coming out. Per the diagrams, make sure you are not playing the strings that are X‘ed out and you will be okay, I think, I am not sure. See you in the next chord.

For this next chord, is E Minor 11. Yes, we are taking the D Minor 11 form, we are just moving it up. So you have the tonic on the A string on the 7th fret. Go ahead and bar it back here, same thing. You can even use this finger, the middle to sort of brace the index, push down hard.  Let’s go. Then in this position of course remember, you can always include the bottom E string.  That‘s a nice one.

As long as we are here, we might as well just go off one more. So F Minor 11 is here. Omit the bottom E string and there you have it. There is F Minor 11. This can be swapped out for Minor chords, and can be swapped out from Minor 7 chords. It can be swapped out for Minor 9 chords as well. See you in the next chord.

So this next chord is G Minor 11 and we are going to go back down here. We are going to use the original form and it is down on the 3rd fret. So we have got our middle finger on the 6th string on the 3rd fret. We have got our ring finger on the 4th string on the 3rd fret and our pinky on the 3rd string on the 3rd fret. And we got this back here barred like this, we are holding down both of these and this is A Minor 11 chord. So let us go ahead and listen to it, G Minor 11. And we have got the whole down at the base of the neck buzz going on. This is a really challenge if you can do this. Push him like the devil. Here we go. Okay, got to let go. Okay that is G Minor 11.

If you practice down at the base in the neck, you stand to get a lot better, a lot quicker simply because no pain, no gain. You need to practice on an acoustic and then play on an electric or at least that is my theory, it works. You may over bend when you switch over the electric.  But hey, you could get used to it real fast.

Minor 11 Chords



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