Major 7 Sharp Five Chords (Maj7#5) - Diagrams and Voicing Charts

This lesson is about the Major 7#5 chord. As its name implies, it is simply a major 7th chord with the fifth raised by a semitone (#5). It is built with a root (1), a major third (3), a sharp fifth (#5) and a major seventh (7). This kind of chord can be played in place of any major 7th chord and can be interesting when you want to add a little bit of tension to your playing. 

Major 7#chord tones 1 3 #5 7
C major 7#5 C E G# B

 

The major 7#5 chord is the third scale degree (III) of the melodic minor scale and the harmonic minor scale.

Related scales :

There are two scales that can be played over the major 7#5 chord :

  • The Lydian augmented scale from the melodic minor mode scale. Formula is 1 2 3 #4 #5 6 7. 
  • The Ionian #5 from the harmonic minor mode. Formula is 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - #5 - 6 - 7.

Major 7#5 guitar chords built from the E-string - Drop 2 voicings

 Here are the drop 2 major 7#5 voicings and inversions. 

Root chord  R #5 7 3
1st inversion (third in the bass) 3 7 R #5
2nd inversion (augmented fifth in the bass) #5 R 3 7
3rd inversion (minor seventh in the bass) 7 3 #5 R

Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on E-string.
 

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on E-string.

Drop 2 major 7#5 guitar chord diagram

Root position - Major 7#5 chord - #5 in the bass - Bass on E-string.

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Major 7th in the bass - Bass on E-string.

Drop 2 major 7#5 guitar chord diagram 2

Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on A-string.

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on A-string.

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - #5 in the bass - Bass on A-string.

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Major 7th in the bass - Bass on A-string.

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on D-string.

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on D-string.

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - #5 in the bass - Bass on D-string.

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Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Major 7th in the bass - Bass on D-string.

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Last edited: 27/05/2018