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Jonas Tamas
post Feb 11 2013, 02:46 PM
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Hi, I'd like to hear your opinion about naming the "open string chord", i.e. this one:


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I would call it Em7add4. Some guitarists argue that they would call it Em7add11, because "if there is already a 7th in any chord, then all the other numbers must be bigger than 7". What is your opinion?


My other question: can we refer it as Em11 (no9), and see it as a regular 11th chord? The omission of the 9th wouldn't change the mood of the chord that much.


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post Feb 11 2013, 02:54 PM
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I like to call it Em11. As a jazzer we just name the chords by the highest extension and don't mind if the 9 is in there or not. Just a different way if looking at it.


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Jonas Tamas
post Feb 11 2013, 04:55 PM
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QUOTE (The Professor @ Feb 11 2013, 02:54 PM) *
I like to call it Em11. As a jazzer we just name the chords by the highest extension and don't mind if the 9 is in there or not. Just a different way if looking at it.


Thanks for the quick answer, that is perfectly clear now!

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klasaine
post Feb 11 2013, 07:59 PM
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+1 on what the 'prof' said.
Also with minor chords you don't really feel the need to 'resolve' that suspension (to the m3). So with an Em7sus4 you're not really suspending anything. And of course ever since the mid 60s the need to resolve a major or dominant suspension has diminished (pun intended).


*Sometimes people ask me if I play in any alternate tunings - I tell them I'm partial to Em11 tuning.


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Jonas Tamas
post Feb 13 2013, 02:18 PM
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QUOTE (klasaine @ Feb 11 2013, 07:59 PM) *
+1 on what the 'prof' said.
Also with minor chords you don't really feel the need to 'resolve' that suspension (to the m3). So with an Em7sus4 you're not really suspending anything. And of course ever since the mid 60s the need to resolve a major or dominant suspension has diminished (pun intended).


*Sometimes people ask me if I play in any alternate tunings - I tell them I'm partial to Em11 tuning.


Yes, you are right, sus4 has been primarily followed by a major chord.

In the case of the 0-0-0-0-0-0 chord, the 3rd is not suspended, so it can be seen as an "add"-type chord. And of course, like both you and Matt said, it is basically a min11-type chord, with some omissions.

The pun was cool! smile.gif It has augmented the theme of the topic a lot! biggrin.gif


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