Minor 11th Arpeggios - Lesson With Diagrams and Theory

What's a Minor 11th Arpeggio?

A minor 11th arpeggio is built with six notes corresponding to the notes of a minor 11th chord. The interval pattern is 1 (root) - b3 (minor third) - perfect fifth (5) - b7 (minor seventh) - ninth (9) and eleventh (11). It is nothing less than a minor triad with three notes added. You can also see it as a minor seventh arpeggio with an added 9th and 11th.  Minor 11 arpeggios are used to play over minor chords and are an excellent choice when you want to add a little originality to your improvisations.

Minor 11th Arpeggio 1 b3 5 b7 9 11
Dm11 Arpeggio D F A C E G


Arpeggio Superimposition - Extended Arpeggios

You see below that a min11 arpeggio contains a m7 arpeggio starting on the fifth. It means that you can play an Am7 arpeggio over D minor this way you'll highlight the 5, b7, 9 and 11 of Dm.


Minor 11 arpeggio guitar


How To Play Minor 11 Arpeggio On Guitar  - Neck Diagrams

The three guitar shapes below show how to play minor 11th arpeggios on guitar. The first diagram have root on the 6th string, the second on the fifth and the third on the fourth string.


Minor 11 arpeggios


Min11 Arpeggios and Modes 

You can find minor 11 arpeggios in many musical mode :

  • Dorian and Aeolian modes (from the major scale)
  • Harmonic minor scale.
  • Dorian b5 (second mode of harmonic major scale)
  • Locrian #2 (sixth mode of the melodic minor scale)
  • Even if the minor pentatonic scale does not contain 9, it has exactly the same notes as a min11 arpeggio.


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