Minor 11th (m11) Guitar Chords - Diagrams and Voicings

What are minor 11 chords ?

Theoretically minor 11 chords are composed of sixth notes namely root (1), minor third (b3), fifth (5), minor seventh (b7), ninth (9) and eleventh (11). It is impossible to play these six notes on the guitar, so we have to omit certain notes as the fifth (5) and the root (1). As you will see in the guitar shapes below, the most important notes, those required to hear the color of the minor 11 chords are the minor third (b3), the minor seventh (b7), the ninth (9) and the eleventh (11).

C Minor 11th chord C E G B D F
Chord tones 1 b3 5 b7 11

 

 

Chord symbols and notation

Minor 11 chords can be written m11 or -11

Difference with suspended fourth chords

Minor 11 chords are often confused with suspended fourth chords (sus4 and 7sus4) . Indeed, the fourth (4) is the eleventh (11). That's why there can be confusion with these types of chords. Suspended fourth chords are made up of three notes: a root (1), a fourth (4) and a fifth (5). Dominant 7th suspended 4th chords are built with a root (1), a minor third (b3), a perfect fifth (5) and a minor seventh (b7). There are no fifth and no ninth in suspended fourth chords.

Sus4 1 b3 4        
7sus4 1 b3 4   b7    
m11 formula 1 b3   5 b7 11

Minor 11 guitar diagrams and voicings - No fifth, no ninth

Here are eight minor eleventh guitar shapes based on the following voicing chart. (No fifth and no ninth).

minor 11th Root voicing R b7 b3 11
1st inversion b3 R 11 b7
2nd inversion b7 11 R b3
3rd inversion 11 b3 b7 R

 

Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Root in the bass - Bass on E-string

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Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Minor third in the bass - Bass on E-stringMinor 11 guitar chord diagram

Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Minor seventh in the bass - Bass on E-string

Minor 11 guitar chord diagram 2

Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Eleventh in the bass - Bass on E-string

Minor 11 guitar chord diagram 3

Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Root in the bass - Bass on A-string

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Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Minor third in the bass - Bass on A-string

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Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Minor seventh in the bass - Bass on A-string

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Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Eleventh in the bass - Bass on A-string

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Minor 11 guitar diagrams and voicings - Rootless voicings

 Here are four minor eleventh voicings with no roots and no fifths.

minor 11th rootless voicing 9 b7 b3 11
1st inversion b3 9 11 b7
2nd inversion b7 11 9 b3
3rd inversion 11 b3 b7 9

 

Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Rootless voicing - Ninth in the bass - Bass on E-string

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Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Rootless voicing -  Minor third in the bass - Bass on E-string

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Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Rootless voicing - Minor seventh in the bass - Bass on E-string

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Minor 11 guitar chord diagram - Rootless voicing - Eleventh in the bass - Bass on E-string

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Last edited: 22/10/2018