Friday, 26 March 2010


A few posts ago we played an inversion of E13 today's guitar chord of the day is another 13th inversion. 13th chords can be played in place of most 7th chords (also known as dominant chords, or dominant 7th chords) and are really useful for blues and jazz guitar. It can replace chord V in major keys.
C13 Guitar Chord
C13 guitar chord

This chord is moveable and has its root note on the E string (indicated by the black box in the chord diagram). Hook this inversion up with our previous 13th chord inversion and try playing through a 3 chord blues with these 13th chords.

Officially 13th chords use these degrees of the major scale: 1, 3, 5, b7, 9, 11, 13 though in practice some notes are left out. The most important notes are the 3rd, b7, 13th, 9th, root, 5th and lastly the 11th in roughly that order.

C13th uses the notes: C, E G, Bb, D, F, A

Our inversion uses the notes in this order: C, Bb, E, A

Tune in tomorrow for another Guitar Chord Of The Day.