The Cmin11 chord (also known as C minor 11 and C-11), has a big sound.

The notes in Cmin11 are:



The chord’s root ultimately determines the harmony. However, a lot of arpeggios have extra chords that you can refer to or play over the primary chord.

  • From the Root: C-11
  • From the 3rd: Eb△9
  • From the 5th: G-7
  • From the 7th: Bb△




An arpeggio is a collection of distinct notes that together make up a chord. Each note that makes up a chord is referred to as a chord tone.


The minor Scale

The minor Scale is perfect to use over Cmin11

The minor scale is made up of the Dorian tetrachord and the Phrygian tetrachord spaced a tone from each other.

C-11 Backing Track

To play along with Cmin11, practise using the minor scale.

Utilise your creativity to find lines you can play over it. To improve your hearing, try to internalise the sound.

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Other Chord Extensions

Chord NameNotes
Major Chords 
CMaj7C, E, G, B
CMaj9C, E, G, B, D
CMaj#11C, E, G, B, F#
CMaj13C, E, G, B, A
CMaj9(add13)C, E, G, B, D, A
Minor Chords 
Cmin7C, Eb, G, Bb
Cmin9C, Eb, G, Bb, D
Cmin11C, Eb, G, Bb, F
Cmin13C, Eb, G, Bb, A
Dominant Chords 
C7C, E, G, Bb
C9C, E, G, Bb, D
C11C, E, G, Bb, F
C13C, E, G, Bb, A
Half Diminished Chords 
C-7b5C, Eb, Gb, Bb

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