I'm a songwriter in the jazz-pop idiom, and when playing through a chart with a guitarist, he told me that, in his opinion, I had labeled a chord inaccurately / incorrectly. Here's the chord as I voice it on the piano:
(Left hand) G
(Right hand, ascending) F A C D
The key of the song in that particular moment is C major, so functionally it's the V7 chord.
I wrote this chord using the symbol G11. To my understanding, it's a dominant 11th chord which excludes the 3rd, with the 5th voiced above the upper extensions. The guitarist argues that it's an F/G.
I'm less interested in who's "right", and more interested in what's most helpful for a player, and the reason why.
I've heard many people calling it a 9sus4 chord although there's an 11 present (the C), because the 3rd isn't included and therefore the C is a suspension.
And some people believe that, theoretically, the tritone interval provided by the 3-b7 relationship is essential to the dominant function, and that without it you have a subdominant.
However, a large number of players feel that including the 3rd causes dissonance or an overly crowded sonority, and would never voice a dominant 11 chord with a third in practice.
Is this an 11 chord? If not, what would be the voicing that would make this an 11 chord?