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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Chords of the Eleventh

Chords of the eleventh are even more complex. These involve adding another third to the chain of thirds to give a sixth chordal note (see Figure 23.13).

Figure 23.13. Chord of the eleventh.

Here the most important notes are the root, third, seventh, and eleventh. This means that an eleventh chord can be effectively scored in four parts. With the particular chord shown in Figure 23.13, there is a clash between the third of the triad (note E) and the eleventh (note F). Because the core foundations for the harmony have already been laid by the triad and seventh, the offending note—the eleventh—is often ...

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