Dominant 11 & 13 Chords (the Dynamic Duo)

If you'd like to get a lot more color out of your chord sounds, then the introduction of the dynamic duo of chord extensions on the Dominant chord qualities can get the job done for you. These are the extensions of the Dominant 11 and the Dominant 13 and they make a big impact to the dominant sound...

In this lesson, we’ll go over shapes for these 11th and 13th chord types off of both the 6th and 5th strings, and we’ll also learn how these chords can be applied within chord progressions by checking out a couple of jams that apply them...


Let’s get things started by learning some shapes for these chord types...

1). Dominant 11 (6th string root)

 2). Dominant 11 (5th string root)

Dominant 11th shapes sound really cool when performed around all types of harmony. But, where they can really stand out is when they get applied into chord jams next to the 13th chords.

Before we start jamming out on those Dom. 11th sounds, let’s also study a couple of Dominant 13th chord patterns as well.

3). Dominant 13 (6th string root)

 4). Dominant 13 (5th string root)

Now that we’ve established how to play some of these Dominant 11th and 13th chord patterns on the neck, the next thing we’re going to do is put them to work and have some fun using them in a few chord jams.

The first chord progression I have uses D11 and G13 chords alongside of a basic “D Dominant 7th” as well as an, “F Major 7”

They come together to create a smooth /sophisticated sounding guitar jam, that really emphasizes how cool sounding these 11th and 13th chords can be when they're applied.

Progression #1).

Here’s another version of that same chord progression. This time we’re going to replace that D7 and D11 with an “A11” and “Am7” chord. Plus, we’ll also swap out that G13, with a “C13.”

Progression #2).

As you can tell, adding in these Dominant 11 and 13 chords can really help to make a big difference musically. They sound rich and full with a musical effect of making a song become more refined.

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