The Cmin13 chord (also known as C minor 13 and C-13), is a big chord that has a massive sound.

The notes in Cmin13 are:



The harmony is ultimately determined by the chord’s root. But many arpeggios (especially one as large as this) feature other chords that you can use or play over the main chord.

  • From the Root: C-13
  • From the 3rd: Eb△#11
  • From the 5th: G-9
  • From the 7th: Bb△7
  • From the 9th: D




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 Cmin13

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

Cmin13 Backing Track

Practice playing the minor scale to accompany Cmin13.

Make use of your creative ideas to come up with lines to play over it. Try internalising the sound to enhance your hearing.

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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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