The 13 Chord

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Hi this series is Straight 13 chords, not major, not minor just Straight 13s.  That’s what we’re going to be working on and we’re going to do the Form 1 and Form 2.  Form 1 is based on the E string and Form 2 is based on the A string. So let’s go ahead and get started. A through G.

First one is A13, we’re going to start here, per the diagram you can see that it’s sort of looks like a 7 or at least starts out looking 7 or movable 7.  We’ll skip some notes here, we’re going to add some in near the top here.  But it’s not going to be as thicker chord as the ones that we are doing when we move bar or anything so this is more or less so put your fingers where they go and hope for the best. Hopefully it’ll be the best instead of the worse or somewhere in between.  So your next thing is going to the 6th string in the 5th fret. Your middle is going to go on the 4th string on the 5th fret and per the diagram you can kind of figure out where everything else Goes.  This is A13.  You have a couple of muted strings so just make sure to stay away from the muted ones and just go through and pluck through make sure each ones coming out and you should be good to go.  And this chord can be swap with straight 11’s, straight 9’s, dominant 7 chord and even major chords.  And so there it is, that’s A13. See you on the next chord.

The next chord is B13 and just like A13 we’re going to do the form 1 position and we’re going to move it up to the 7th fret which is up here 2 fret higher, a whole step higher than A.  If it makes sense, we’ll go ahead and do it here. So here it is, this is B13 per the diagram put your fingers on the correct place and just make sure that you’re not letting in the muted strings come out and go ahead and give it a strum, make sure you’re using your fingers when you do these chords at first.  You can use a pick later when you become a little more agile. B13. See you on the next chord.

This next chord is C13 and C13 is , yup 1 fret higher that B13 we’re on the 8th fret.  We’re going to use the same form, Form 1.  Just go ahead and put your fingers on the right position and you can do really do figuratively play all your 13 chords.  That’s why or just going to use - this is the last Form 1 position we’re going to use and we’re going to switch to Form 2. C13 strum them, make them come out and here you go, C13. See you on the next chord.

This chord is D13 and we’re doing Form 2 which is a take off from the 9 chord.  As you can see we have our A string as our base for tonic with our middle finger on the 5th string on the 5th fret and our index on the 4th sting on the 4th fret and so on and so forth.  Per the diagram you can kind of figure it out, we’re going to put our pinky out here.  We’re going to extend it out.  It is kind of a pain but this is how you do it.  This is Form 2 A string based D13. Let’s go through it, make sure they are all coming out and as a tab or point you can use this or pedal point, you can use this to took up between the 1 which is D in this case of course and then the 5 which is A.  So wherever you are you kind a use that as embellishment when you play the chord. See you on the next one.

This next chord is E13 and it’s 2 fret higher of course than D13.  It’s up here 7 fret and we’re going to use the same form per the diagram.  You can put your fingers where they go, this can be swapped just like the other 13 chords.  All the other 13s can be swapped out for Dominant 7 chords, 9’s, 11’s, so on.  So that’s E. And don’t forget to add the E string on this one because it’s a good… And there you go with the pencil falling out of my ear. See you on the next chord.

This next chord is F13 and we’re just going to move it up just like we did from B to C one fret.  We can also move this up E to F and it’s the same configuration, same looks so here we go F13.  Per the diagram, go ahead and use that. See you on the next chord.

This last chord is G13 we’re taking back down here from the 3rd fret, we’re going to use that dominant 7th type position.  The first one we used Form 1 out of the E string for this one and let’s go ahead and do it, G13 right here. Remember all straight 13s, straight 11s and straight 9s can all be swipe out with dominant 7th chord, we’ll see you in the next series.

This has been straight 13 chords and I’m Stu Johnson from Second Floor Studios.  Just give us a call, see you at our lessons. Thanks a lot.

The 13 Chord

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