Augmented Major 7 Arpeggios (Maj7#5)

What's a Major 7#5 Arpeggio?

An augmented major 7 arpeggio is a major 7 arpeggio with a sharp fifth (#5) in place of a perfect fifth. The formula is tonic (1), major third (3), sharp fifth (#5) and major seventh (7). Cmaj7#5 would be spelled C,E, G#, B. 

Maj7#5 arpeggio 1 3 #5 7
CMaj7#5 C E G# B

Guitar Arpeggios - Lesson With Shapes and Formulas

One-octave Shapes

The four following charts show how augmented major seventh arpeggios look on the guitar neck within the space of one octave.

The tonic (1) gives the tonality of the arpeggio. For example, if you need to play a GMaj7#5 arpeggio using the first shape (with the lowest tonic on the E string) you will have to place the tonic at the third fret.

To play a GMaj7#5 arpeggio with the second shape (lowest tonic on the A string) you must start at the tenth fret, etc. Be sure to practice these arpeggio shapes in all twelve keys.

Augmented major 7 guitar arpeggios one octave

Two-Octave Shapes

Here are the shapes for playing major 7#5 arpeggio in order to cover all the strings without shifting.

Augmented major 7 guitar arpeggios two octave

Related Scales

It can be interesting to link arpeggios and scales. As you can see in the guitar charts you can find a major 7#5 arpeggio in three modes taken from the harmonic minor scale (Ionian #5 mode) , harmonic major scale (Lydian augmented #2) and melodic minor (Lydian augmented) scales.   

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Last edited: 2021-08-03

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