Lesson 49 - Major 13th chords
1. IntroductionIn this lesson, you will learn about the major 13th chord. The major 13th chord is basically a major 11th chord with one extra note added - the major 13th.
2. Constructing the Major 13th ChordPlaying the major 13th chord is easy. Just play a major 11th chord, and add a note that is an interval of a major 13th 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 13th chord.
Root + 4HS + 3HS + 4HS + 3HS + 3HS + 4HS
3. Playing the Major 13th ChordLet's take a look at the major 13th chord starting on C. This is called the C major 13th chord (Cmaj13). In the animation below, the notes of the C major 13th chord are first played separately, then together.
4. Major 13th Chord in all 12 KeysYou can play the major 13th chord in all twelve keys. Below is a list of all 12 major 13th chords.
Key of C: C, E, G, B, D, F, A
Key of G: G, B, D, F#, A, C, E
Key of D: D, F#, A, C#, E, G, B
Key of A: A, C#, E, G#, B, D, F#
Key of E: E, G#, B, D#, F#, A, C#
Key of B: B, D#, F#, A#, C#, E, G#
Key of Gb: Gb, Bb, Db, F, Ab, Cb, Eb
Key of Db : Db, F, Ab, C, Eb, Gb, Bb
Key of Ab: Ab, C, Eb, G, Bb, Db, F
Key of Eb: Eb, G, Bb, D, F, Ab, C
Key of Bb: Bb, D, F, A, C, Eb, G
Key of F : F, A, C, E, G, Bb, D
5. ConclusionIn this lesson, you learned how to play the C major 13th chord. There is a major 13th chord for each of the 12 keys.