How To Form A 13th Chord In One Hand On The Piano


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A thirteen chord, by definition, contains the 13th note of the diatonic scale along with the basic chord notes and some of the extensions. Most musicians leave the 3rd of the chord out because it clashes with the 11th, and most musicians include the 9th and the dominiant 7th in the chord.

Having said that, there is no universal way of voicing a 13th chord – every musician will voice it differently, at least to some degree, and that’s as it should be.

Here is a way to voice a 13th chord all in the left hand. It’s a two-part voicing, but it works great. Have a look:

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