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.
|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.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on E-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - #5 in the bass - Bass on E-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Major 7th in the bass - Bass on E-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on A-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on A-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - #5 in the bass - Bass on A-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Major 7th in the bass - Bass on A-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Root in the bass - Bass on D-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Third in the bass - Bass on D-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - #5 in the bass - Bass on D-string.
Root position - Major 7#5 chord - Major 7th in the bass - Bass on D-string.
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Last edited: 27/05/2018