• This Voicing Of The Minor Eleventh Chord Will Make You Sound Sophisticated INSTANTLY!!!

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    If you’re interested in learning a sophisticated voicing of the minor eleventh chord, then you’re on the right page.

    There are minor chords in a vast majority of American popular music styles and that includes gospel and jazz music. So, I want you to take what you’re about to learn seriously.

    We’ll start out by refreshing our minds on the minor eleventh chord, then proceed into learning a sophisticated voicing approach and also how the minor eleventh chord can be applied.

    A Short Note On The Minor Eleventh Chord

    The minor eleventh chord is an extended minor chord.

    Submission: Before learning minor eleventh chord, it is assumed that you’re familiar with minor triads and minor seventh chords.

    Using any given minor seventh chord, the minor eleventh chord can be formed by the addition of the ninth and eleventh extensions; which are actually the second and fourth tones of the major scale.

    Attention: The ninth and eleventh are the second and fourth tones of the major scale respectively.

    So, using the C minor seventh chord:

    …the C minor eleventh chord can be formed by the addition of the ninth and eleventh extensions.

    “So, What Are The Ninth And Eleventh Extensions?”

    In the C major scale:

    …where the second and fourth tones are D and F respectively:

    The addition of D and F:

    …to the C minor seventh chord:

    …produces the C minor eleventh chord:

    Following the same procedure, the minor eleventh chord can be formed starting on any note on the keyboard.

    “Check Out All The Minor Eleventh Chords On The Keyboard…”

    The C minor eleventh chord:

    The C# minor eleventh chord:

    The D minor eleventh chord:

    The Eb minor eleventh chord:

    The E minor eleventh chord:

    The F minor eleventh chord:

    The F# minor eleventh chord:

    The G minor eleventh chord:

    The G# minor eleventh chord:

    The A minor eleventh chord:

    The Bb minor eleventh chord:

    The B minor eleventh chord:

    Here’s A Sophisticated Voicing Of The Minor Eleventh Chord

    The concept of voicing has to do with the consideration of the tones of a chord as voices or voice parts.

    However, beyond the consideration of tones as voices, the most important aspect of voicing is the rearrangement of the tones using voicing techniques.

    The regular minor eleventh chord can be rearranged to produce a more sophisticated chord. So, instead of the regular C minor eleventh chord:

    …we can have a more sophisticated C minor eleventh chord voicing:

    A Breakdown Of The Voicing

    The voicing of minor eleventh chord has two parts. For example, the voicing of the C minor eleventh chord:

    …has two parts:

    The C part:

    The Eb part:

    …and each of the parts can be broken down to perfect fifth intervals.

    The C part consists of C, G, and D:

    C to G (perfect fifth):

    G to D (perfect fifth):

    The Eb part consists of Eb, Bb, and F:

    Eb to Bb (perfect fifth):

    Bb to F (perfect fifth):

    Here’s The Voicing Of The Minor Ninth Chord In All Twelve Keys On The Keyboard…”

    The C minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The C# minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The D minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The Eb minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The E minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The F minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The F# minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The G minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The G# minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The A minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The Bb minor eleventh chord voicing:

    The B minor eleventh chord voicing:

    Final Words

    Using the sophisticated voicing of the minor eleventh chord learned in this blog, you can instantly have your 2-chord, 3-chord, and 6-chord in any key transformed from simple to sophisticated.

    However, take note that there are situations where less is more.

    All the best!

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    Hello, I'm Chuku Onyemachi (aka - "Dr. Pokey") - a musicologist, pianist, author, clinician and Nigerian. Inspired by my role model Jermaine Griggs, I started teaching musicians in my neighborhood in April 2005. Today, I'm privileged to work as the head of education, music consultant, and chief content creator with HearandPlay Music Group sharing my wealth of knowledge with hundreds of thousands of musicians across the world.

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    1 Allysia

    This is cool! I didn’t think about rearranging the minor 11th like that. Question: How would a solo piano player accomplish this? Play the chord in broken patterns?

    P.S. I hope you don’t mind all the comments – I’m just curious. :)

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