B11 piano chord

B11 piano chord DEFAULT

Eleventh chord

[Dominant] eleventh chord in F, on C (C11). "As it appears in actual music": C, —, G, B♭, D, F.[1]About this soundPlay (help·info)

In music theory, an eleventh chord is a chord that contains the tertianextension of the eleventh. Typically found in jazz, an eleventh chord also usually includes the seventh and ninth, and elements of the basic triad structure. Variants include the dominant eleventh, minor eleventh, and the major eleventh chord. Symbols include: Caug11, C9aug11, C9+11, C9alt11, Cm9(11), C−9(11).[2] The eleventh in an eleventh chord is, "almost always sharpened, especially in jazz,"[3] at least in reference to the third, with CM11 (major eleventh): C–E–G–B–D–F, Cm11 (minor eleventh): C–E♭–G–B♭–D–F, and C11 (dominant eleventh): C–E–G–B♭–D–F.[3]

However, since the majordiatonic eleventh would create a dissonant minor ninth interval with the third of the chord, including the third is a rare phenomenon.[5] Though rare, in rock and popular music, for example 52 seconds into "Sun King" on the Beatles' Abbey Road, the third of the dominant eleventh ("as theoretically conceived": C, E, G, B♭, D, F About this soundplay (help·info)), is usually omitted, thus turning the chord into a suspended chord (C,G, B♭, D, F).[1] It may be notated in charts as C11, or more often "descriptively" as Gm7/C.[1]

As the upper extensions (seventh, ninth, eleventh) constitute a triad, a dominant eleventh chord with the third and fifth omitted is often notated as a triad with a bass note. So C–B♭–D–F is written as B♭/C, emphasizing the ambiguous dominant/subdominant character of this voicing.

In the dominant eleventh, because this minor ninth interval between the third and the eleventh is more problematic to the ear and to voice leading than a major ninth would be, alterations to the third or eleventh scale degrees are a common solution. When the third is lowered, a minor eleventh chord is formed with a major ninth interval between the two notes in question (e.g. C, E♭, G, B♭, D, F) About this soundplay (help·info).[3] Similarly, the eleventh may be raised chromatically over a major triad (e.g. to F♯ in a C major chord) to imply the lydian dominant mode. A less common solution to the issue is to simply omit the third in the presence of the eleventh, resulting in a chord enharmonic to the suspended chord (sus4). This type of chord should be notated as such, e.g. (on C), C7sus4 or C9sus4.[citation needed]

In the common practice period, "the root, 7th, 9th, and 11th are the most common factors present in the V11 chord", with the 3rd and 5th "typically omitted".[6] The eleventh is usually retained as a common tone when the "V11 resolves to I or i".[6]

The suspended chord derived from the dominant eleventh chord (with the third omitted and the seventh flattened), is particularly useful in diatonic music when a composer or accompanist wishes to allow the tonic note of a key to be heard while also sounding the dominant of that key in the bass.


First inversion C suspended fourth chord. The "fourth" is the bass. Quartalor gapped ninth chordon F.

The fourthfactor of a chord is the note or pitch four scale degrees above the root or tonal center. When the fourth is the bass note, or lowest note, of the expressed chord, the chord is in first inversionAbout this soundPlay (help·info). However, this is equivalent to a gapped ninth chord.

Conventionally, the fourth is third in importance to the root, fifth, and third, being an added tone. It may be avoided as the root since that inversion may resemble a ninth chord on the fourth rather than a suspended chord on the original note. In jazz chords and theory, the fourth is required due to its being an added tone.

Suspended chord (sus2) and added tone chord (add9) both with D (ninth=second), distinguished by the absence or presence of the third (E♭).[7]

The quality of the fourth may be determined by the scale or may be indicated. For example, in both a major and minor scale, a diatonic fourth added to the tonic chord is major (C–F–G)—while one added to the subdominant chord is major or minor (F–B–C or F–B♭–C), respectively.

The fourth is octave equivalent to the eleventh. If one could cut out the notes in between the fifth and the eleventh and then drop the eleventh down an octave to a fourth, one would have an added fourth chord (C–E–G–B♭–D′–F′ minus B♭–D′ = C–E–F–G). The difference between sus4 and add11 is conventionally the absence or presence, respectively, of the third.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ abcStephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.87. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
  2. ^Smith, Johnny (1980). Mel Bay's Complete Johnny Smith Approach to Guitar, p.231. ISBN 978-1-56222-239-0.
  3. ^ abcMiller, Michael (2004). Complete Idiot's Guide to Solos and Improvisation, p.52. ISBN 978-1-59257-210-6.
  4. ^Kostka & Payne (1995). Tonal Harmony, p.431. Third Edition. ISBN 0-07-300056-6.
  5. ^McCormick, Scott (18 January 2019). "The Lush World of Eleventh Chords". Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  6. ^ abcBenward & Saker (2009). Music in Theory and Practice: Volume II, p.183-84. Eighth Edition. ISBN 978-0-07-310188-0.
  7. ^Hawkins, Stan. "Prince- Harmonic Analysis of 'Anna Stesia'", p.329 and 334n7, Popular Music, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Oct., 1992), pp. 325-335.
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B eleventh piano chord - B11

The B eleventh chord is a 5-note chord consisting of the notes B, F#, A, C# and E.
You can see these notes highlighted in the interactive piano chart below.
The chord itself is often abbreviated as B11.

Interactive piano diagram for the B eleventh chord

Extended Chords

Chords that are a superset of B11. The chords include more notes but always B, F#, A, C# and E.

Reduced chords

Chords that are a subset of B11. These contain less notes but all of them are included in B11.

B eleventh piano chord chart image

In case you prefer a non-interactive variant of the chord chart, we've embedded a PNG image below that shows the notes for the the B11 chord. Feel free to save or share the image as needed.

Piano chord chart for the B eleventh chord (B11). The notes B, F#, A, C# and E are highlighted.
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11th Chords Theory

Eleventh Chords, in a similar way to the ninth chords, have many permutations.

Sound of an 11th chord
This varies considerably, depending on what type of 11th chord is being played. The standard 11 (eg C11) has a degree of "suspense" feel due to the presence of the forth in the chord (more on this later).

The Eleventh Chord Notated
The "Dominant" 11 is written by the letter name of the chord, followed by the number 11. E.g. C11

C11 notated

C11 chord score

Theory - how an 11th chord is constructed.

A standard (dominant) 11th chord is composed of a major (or minor) chord, with a minor seventh, and eleventh note added to this triad. Sometimes musicians also play the ninth as well.

So how do we work out the eleventh note?

F11 chord

F11 chord

Let's take F11 as an example. Begin by working out the major chord, and then figure out the minor seventh , and the ninth note . This will give you F - A - C - Eb - G.

Now go back to the major chord (F - A - C) and go up one step (one semitone) from the middle note. This is Bb. Now put this note up one octave. There it is! F11

F11= F - A - C - Eb - G - Bb

In practise, musicians rarely play all six notes of an 11th chord, unless these are specifically cited in the notation. Often the fifth note of the chord (the dominant, in the case of F11 would be C) is omitted. It is also common to omit playing the third, as there is a dissonance between the 11th note (Bb) and the third (A). However, if we do this, then we are really playing a Dsus4, all be it with a ninth present. This chord is often shown as 9sus4.


The "add11" varient of this chord makes for an intriguing sounding. Remember that making it "add11" means that ONLY the eleventh note is added to a major (or minor) chord. For instance, Dadd11 would be D - F# - A - G. (There's no sevenths or ninths). The reason this is unusual is because both the third and the forth note are present in the chord, generally considered dissonant. However, if we play it in the form of a broken chord (say playing D - F# - A repeatedly in the left hand, and D - G in the right hand an octave higher) then we can create an interesting "suspended" feel to a musical section.

Piano Keys

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