• Need a Dominant 13th Sound?

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    “The B13 Chord”

    This is what we call a dominant 13th chord (but it does have some notes omitted). Here it is below:

    Bass = B

    Right hand = A + C# + D# + G#

    Because there is a “G#”, we call this chord a 13th. A few days ago, we discussed the “extended tones” concept. If you don’t understand why G# is the 13th tone of the B major scale (and also the 6th tone in the lower octave), check out the e-mail that I sent a few days ago, ok?

    If you don’t know the B major scale, then you need to check out some of our free lessons on “major scales.” My 300-pg course also covers major scales and 7th, 9th, 11th, and 13th chords. Visit:

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    { 2 comments… read them below or add one }

    1 Rosetta Butler

    Hi jermaine I must say that I have truly been blessed by your lesson,s your way is so much easier thank you so much for these lesson,s God Bless you my brother in Christ.


    2 Ebenezer

    Jermaine, thanks for this info. But don’t we need the 11th tone of B to make it a 13th chord??

    Should the 9 be always present before we can have a 13th chord??

    I’m confused


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