How to Make a F#M11 on a Guitar

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The F sharp major 11 chord on a guitar is something you can play in a very specific way. Make an F sharp major 11 chord on a guitar with help from a Los Angeles-based guitar player in this free video clip.

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I'm Marcus Gerakos and I'm a studio musician here in LA. I do a lot of sessions here of television commercials and films, things like that. Today I'm here to talk about different ways you can play an F sharp major 11 chord on the guitar. Ok. Let's take a look, start by taking a look at the actual notes involved, right. Here's the F sharp major scale. All right. You could say this is th one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, the first eleven steps of the scale. To form the chord you isolate the first step, third, fifth, major seventh, ninth, eleventh. So, here is let's say a root position voicing for F sharp major 11. I'm playing the F sharp on E6 at fret two. I'm playing E sharp at fret three on the D string. I'm playing B, fret four of the G3 string. I'm playing second fret again, which is a C sharp chord, the root actually if you were thinking of superimposing it, C sharp 7 over F is a good way to think about this chord. And then my fourth finger is playing a G sharp on fret four of the E1string. So really the effect, the composite effect is again, a seventh chord that based on the fifth scale degree. You think of C7 over F., like that. So, you notice I'm barring, stretching across the second fret to get F sharp on E6, C sharp on the B2 string. So what emerges here is a C sharp 7 chord over F. So, that would sound, let's say a root position voicing would sound like, look and sound like this. let's say you move the root up an octave and close the voicing a little bit, you've got that. This is a little more decisive, probably projects a bit more. Another way you could voice that is up here on fret nine, if you, let's say want the fifth to be on the top. OK. Here's another voicing for F sharp major 11, this time with the root on fret four of the D4 string. First finger, all right. And then we'll play C sharp on fret six of the G3 string, with the second finger. Third finger also plays sixth fret, which really is F, but in this case we would call it E sharp since it belongs to the C sharp 7 voicing. And last of all we're playing a B on fret seven of the E1string. So, together you're basically just playing the bottom four strings on the guitar of D4 through E1. So, together. As always when you're forming chords on the guitar, you want to keep your hands relaxed and maximize your position. That's always going to get you a better sound than pressing down hard. As always when you're forming chords you want to hand relaxed so that you don't pull any of the notes sharp or flat. So, really all it takes is practice. Just finding the, finding the chord shapes and you also want to experiment with not only being able to play this in the key of F sharp, but any key, E major, or by changing your hand position, you could do that. And so really you should be able to take any chord type like a major 11 or a minor 11 and play it in all twelve keys. Again I'm Marcus Gerakos, and this has been ways in which you can play an F sharp major 11 chord on the guitar.

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