Originally Posted by pinkheadedbug
So EmAdd#11 feels right althought EmAdd#11(no 3rd) or E5Add#11 is probably technically correct.
The last 2 that explicitly excludes the 3rd is not necessarily more "correct" -- that notation simply biases the consequences of the fingering mechanics on a fretboard.
The EmAdd#11 is also correct because intellectually, emotionally, contextually, etc ... it's an E minor sound
in your D Major key song.
If you had a 7-string guitar, or were pressing 10 fingers on a piano, you may very well have included that G note (the 3rd). The problem with the supposedly "more correct" E5Add#11 is that it inadvertently states that you deliberately excluded the G as a compositional decision
instead of a fingering one.
So, if you were communicating that tonality to another musician without regards to physical limitations on instruments, I'd be more accurate
to say EmAdd#11. On the other hand if you transcribing traditional notation without any tablature, then the E5Add#11 is more precise because it lets guitarists know that they don't have to stretch their fingers for that elusive G that's supposed to be there.
They are both right depending on the situation.