Lesson 48 - Major 11th Chords
1. IntroductionIn this lesson, you will learn about the major 11th chord. The major 11th chord is basically a major 9th chord with one extra note added - the perfect 11th.
2. Constructing the Major 11th ChordPlaying the major 11th chord is easy. Just play a major 9th chord, and add a note that is an interval of a perfect 11th from the root note of the chord. Another way to think about it is by using a formula of half steps. Below is the formula for the major 11th chord.
Root + 4HS + 3HS + 4HS + 3HS + 3HS
3. Playing the Major 11th ChordLet's take a look at the major 11th chord starting on C. This is called the C major 11th chord (Cmaj11). In the animation below, the notes of the C major 11th chord are first played separately, then together.
4. Major 11th Chord in all 12 KeysYou can play the major 11th chord in all twelve keys. Below is a list of all 12 major 11th chords.
Key of C: C, E, G, B, D, F
Key of G: G, B, D, F#, A, C
Key of D: D, F#, A, C#, E, G
Key of A: A, C#, E, G#, B, D
Key of E: E, G#, B, D#, F#, A
Key of B: B, D#, F#, A#, C#, E
Key of Gb: Gb, Bb, Db, F, Ab, Cb
Key of Db : Db, F, Ab, C, Eb, Gb
Key of Ab: Ab, C, Eb, G, Bb, Db
Key of Eb: Eb, G, Bb, D, F, Ab
Key of Bb: Bb, D, F, A, C, Eb
Key of F : F, A, C, E, G, Bb
5. ConclusionIn this lesson, you learned how to play the C major 11th chord. There is a major 11th chord for each of the 12 keys.
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