How to play 9, 11 and 13 Chords!
Let’s take a look at how to construct some bigger chords, the 9, 11 and 13.
First up are the 9s.
There are 3 types of 9 chords:
The video demonstrates the possible shapes of dom9 and maj9. Min9 only has one shape.
For more info on these chords, how they work and when to use them you need real musical examples, sections of an actual song so you can hear it in context.
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9 Chords in songs
The dom9 is most frequently heard in songs by James Brown, here he is with Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.
11 and min11 chords!
There are two types of commonly used 11 chords, the dom11 and the m11.
Below are two shapes displayed, notice how the dom11 doesn’t have a third. It has a 9th instead.
A11, G shape
Am11, G shape
11 Chords in songs
My favorite “11 chord in a song example” is Michael Jackson’s Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough which is literally B11 – B almost throughout. Let’s have a listen!
To build big chords like this you need to keep just the important notes, these are the root, the 3rd, the 7th and whatever the note we extend to, in this case the 13th.
G13, E shape
13 Chord in a song
My favorite 13 chord in a song example is Billy Cobham’s Red Baron which goes G13 – C9 for the most part of the song.
Altered chords are chords with b5, #5, b9 and #9 in combination with a dom7 chord.
Below are two very useful altered chords.
D(#5), C shape
D7#9, C shape (Hendrix)
An altered chord in a song
Etta James gorgeous ‘At Last’ contain an altered chord, have a listen and see if you can find it!