Sunday, 23 May 2010

C Major7#11 Guitar Chord

Today's Guitar Chord of the Day is C Major7#11. This guitar chord has its root note on the 3rd fret of the A string. This guitar chord can be written in several ways: C major 7#11, C maj7#11 and CΔ7#11 all mean the same thing. 

Both the 3rd fret on the guitar's A string and the 2nd fret on the guitar's E string are played with the first finger. It's an interesting chord to play- slightly curving your finger to play a barre across two frets:
C major7#11 guitar chord
Cmaj7#11 guitar chord

We've featured an alternative C Major7#11 guitar chord here.
Cmaj7#11 guitar chord

The #11 in the C major7#11 chord gives this guitar chord a nice sound based on the lydian mode. It can replace chord IV in major keys, though many jazz guitarists prefer the sound of #11 chords to ordinary major7 guitar chords so it can replace chord I if you want to add harmonic interest.

Major 7#11 chords use these degrees of the major scale: 1, 3, 5, 7, #11

C Major 7#11 uses the notes: C, E, G, B, F#

Our inversion uses the notes in this order: C, G, B, E, F#

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