Hi folks, I want to know how you guys think 11 chords should be interpreted - I'm thinking particularly of dominant 11ths (e.g. C11). There seems to be more than one school of thought on this... Some people seem to use 11 chords to indicate a triad a tone below the root, with the root in the bass. So C11 would be Bb/C, E11 would be D/E etc. So, in essence, by this definition an 11 chord is a kind of sus chord. Whereas some say that 11 chords are dominant 7th chords extended to the 11th (like 9 and 13 chords) - i.e. they contain the 3rd. This gives the distinctive dissonance of having both the 3rd and the 4th in the chord, and has a rather different character to a normal sus chord. Personally, I like the second definition better. It's far more consistant with the accepted nonclomenture for dominant chords. It doesn't make sense to me that C11 should be essentially another name for Csus. And, if they were essentially the same thing - how would you indicate that you wanted a dominant 7th chord with both the 3rd and the 4th? C7(add11) would be one way, but it's a lot clumsier than C11. So what do you guys reckon? In your experience, what is meant by C11 etc, and which definition do you prefer?