DIAGRAM MINOR 9, MINOR 11 and MINOR 13 CHORDS IN FIVE SHAPES
As you play each chord, call out the intervals, from the lowest to highest note. As we saw last month, certain intervals may be omitted to arrive at a practical voicing. The m9 chords for example, may or may not include the 5th, as this only serves to support the root. The m11 chords may be voiced without the 5th and 9th, while the m13th may omit the 5th, 9th or 11th. The most important intervals in our three minor chords are the root (although this is often omitted or allocated to other b3rd instruments such as bass); the (which determines that the chord is minor); the b7th (which means any colour tone is then considered an extension); and the highest note of the extended chord. On each diagram, the roots are indicated in black (where applicable), with the intervals that make up the voicing displayed within the notes.