11th chords

The 11th Chord adds a tone to the 9th chord and, hence the name, this tone is 11 steps from the root.  This chord could include seven tones. On the piano you could play the "full version" of his chord with seven tones, but on a guitar only six tones are possible of course. Therefore, at least one tone is always excluded, which can vary depending on the chord shape. See an overview of notes below.

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

Comment

This version of the 11th chord includes the root, the seventh, the ninth and the eleventh whereas the third and the fifth are omitted.

Alternative shape

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

Comment

This version of the 11th chord includes the root, the third, the seventh and the eleventh whereas the fifth and the ninth are omitted. There is more bass in the sound of this version. F11 and B11 are shown as open chords.

There are also major and minor 11th chords for guitar. The abbreviations for these are maj11 (e.g. Cmaj11) and m11 (e.g. Cm11). The short abbreviation in form of 11 indicates 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

11th barre chords

C11

  • C11 chord diagram

C#11 / Db11

  • C#11 chord diagram

D11

  • D11 chord diagram

D#11 / Eb11

  • D#11 chord diagram

E11

  • E11 chord diagram

F11

  • F11 chord diagram

F#11 / Gb11

  • F#11 chord diagram

G11

  • G11 chord diagram

G#11 / Ab11

  • G#11 chord diagram

A11

  • A11 chord diagram

A#11 / Bb11

  • A#11 chord diagram

B11

  • B11 chord diagram

Comment

Another way to play this chord group with the bass note on the 5th string is to only include the barre finger. In other words, you could play C11 as X33333, C#11 as X44444 and so on.

More chord shapes

C11

  • C11 chord diagram

D11

  • D11 chord diagram

E11

  • E11 chord diagram

G11

  • G11 chord diagram

A11

  • A11 chord diagram

Comment

Above are instructions of how the chord type can be played in other ways, including open positions in some cases.

C11 as pictured above exclude the fifth (hence it could be named C11no5), notice the similarity with the C7-shape. D11 as pictured above exclude the fifth (hence it could be named D11no5). E11 has partly the same shape as D11.

Barre chord shapes

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 the top of your index finger (the 5th string). You could also choose to bar only the two lowest strings, as in one of the C11 versions presented above.

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