Major 13th chords

The Major 13th chord is most common in jazz and can function as a substitution chord to, for example, major 7th and major 9th.

The shape presented below is movable and is all you need to remember (there are, of course, other versions as well).

maj13

C13

  • Cmaj13 chord diagram

D13

  • Dmaj13 chord diagram

E13

  • Emaj13 chord diagram

F13

  • Fmaj13 chord diagram

G13

  • Gmaj13 chord diagram

A13

  • Amaj13 chord diagram

B13

  • Bmaj13 chord diagram

Chord construction

Cmaj13  C -x - B - E - A - x
Dmaj13 D -x - C# - F# - B - x
Emaj13  E -x - D# - G# - C# - x
Fmaj13  F -x - E - A - D - x
Gmaj13  G -x - F# - B - E - x
Amaj13  A -x - G# - C# - F# - x
Bmaj13  B -x - A# - D# - G# - x
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

C13  C - E - G - B - D - A
D13  D - F# - A - C# - E - B
E13  E - G# - B - D# - F# - A
F13  F - A - C - E - G - B
G13  G - B - D - F# - A - C
A13  A - C# - E - G# - B - D
B13  B - D# - F# - A# - C# - E
The intervals are 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - 13

Alternative chord shape

It's handy to have a second shape to use when the situation calls for it.


With the root on 5th string:

maj13 chord shape



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