The 11 Chord

Hi the next group of chords is called the 11 chord, it’s not Major 11, its not Minor 11, it’s just straight 11. Basically we have a straight 11 chord or a straight 9 chord and whatever.   It’s such the 1, 3, 5 and flat 7 and depending on if it’s a 9 or 11 or 13, you got to have a 9 and if it’s 11 you got a 9 and 11 and if you’re doing a 13, you got to have a 9, 11 and a 13. So it’s just sort of tiered up from the dominant 7 natural or should I say default formula 1, 3, 5, Flat 7. So let’s work on some of these forms. I’m going to show you a straight 11 Chord.  This chord I’m going to be a little easy on you now because you’ve been working pretty hard  and some of the stuff I’m sure have been giving you the hard way to do it. I’m going to show you these 11 chords.   This are fairly easy forms or at least the E position, your form 1, positions are really easy so let’s go ahead and get started.

The first one is of course when you do A through G, it’s starting on the 5th fret as usual. We’re going to use our ring finger on the 6th string on the 5th fret and our pinky finger on the 4th string on the 5th fret.   It’s going to sound better if I don’t use a pick, let’s not use one. So that’s an 11 chord.

And if you want you can include the top string, the E string here.  You don’t have to, you can just do the inner 4 or I’m sorry, the bottom up to the top string and just leave this out or you just go ahead and push it down here if you have the hand string, you can do that. So that is an A11 and you can see from the diagram where everything is. Just go ahead and strum that, make sure it comes out ok. If stuffs not coming out right away just move it around, it will eventually happen, just going to give yourself sometime, give yourself a little credit.   You’re doing ok and we’ll see you on the next chord

This next chord is B11, what we’re going to do is take what we do in A 11 and we’re just going to move it up 2 frets.  Because once again, on keyboard B is 2 frets higher than A and 2 half steps higher and so we’re just moving up 2 half steps and there we go.  So here’s B11. Let’s go ahead and give this a try. So we got the same form and as you see per the diagram, we’re 2 frets higher than we were before. Here we go B11. It’s a very mellow chord. Just pick through it. Make sure that the muted string is running between your ring and your pinky finger is muted out by the fleshy part of your ring. That’s all you should hear. Just collaborate with that.   Fret right over it.  See you the on next chord.

This next chord is called C 11 and were going to go ahead and do a different form this time. Form 2 is often the A string.  You got Form 1, you got Form 2. Form 1 is off the E string, Form 2 is off the A string. A string is where we’re at. In the other videos, I’m sure you seen us do the C.  We did the C7 were we put - if you didn’t see this already you’re way out of the game. You might want to go back and look at this. If you’re not, you can stay here that’s fine too, I’m not going to kick you out I’m a video recording, I can’t really do anything.

 So, this form here you got your C7 as you’re playing 4 inner strings.  Now, if you want to include the 11, essentially what you have to do the 11th is really just a High 4, is you got your 5th on top here, so you would really just sort of do the F14 here.  And you’ve seen F before, it’s still nobody likes but this is what you’re going to have to do with a C.  If you wrap this finger around to the two highest ones here, then you’re hitting on the 4.  And this is what it sounds like.   So that a C because this is the tonic 11.   See you on the next chord.

This next chord is called D11 and we’re going to use the same Form 2 position for D11, it’s up here in the 5th fret. I got my ring finger on the 5thstring on the 5th fret and it kind a goes up from there. I’m using C7 configuration that was down here, just 2 frets higher.  You might want to download the keyboard diagram and some of the other diagrams available on the site, so you get some pencil and paper working and understand this a little bit better.  But here we go, D11. One of many forms that are available. But in order to get to the point we’re you’re going to be learning the other forms and utilizing in the correct way, you got to learn some fundamental forms first and you can just branch off of those.   These are all the forms, so see you on the next chord.

This next chord is E11. E11, we’re going to push it up to the 7th fret.  We’re also going to include the bottom string.  E string will include that so here we go, same form.  You could see by the diagram, we’re just going to put on the E string too, here we go. So that’s E11, really, really, really fancy 7th chord. Ok, we’ll see you on the next one.

This is F11. F11 is just like the E11.  We’re just going to do the same thing once again. We’re going to come up here, we’re going to do our what I called the C7 looking configuration or conglomeration of notes. Go to the bar at the  top, so we’re going to push it up to the 8th fret.   So now we’re in the 8th fret.  Here it is, the famous F11, not really, actually it’s been used many times. I’m using it now, count this time too if you want.  Okay, and we’ll see you on the next chord.

This last chord is G11 and like I said this is just a very extravagant 7th chord.  So, if you’re doing the blues and you put this in there, chances are people probably going to wonder why you did that.  But sometimes that’s what you’re going for, you know what I mean? Like now, I don’t know what you mean, don’t know what you’re talking about and then I know what you’re talking about.


The 11 Chord



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