Major 7 Sharp Five Chords (Maj7#5) - Diagrams and Voicing Charts
What is a Major 7#5 Chord?
As its name implies, an aumented major seventh chord 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#5 chord tones||1||3||#5||7|
|C major 7#5||C||E||G#||B|
Related Scales :
There are three 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.
- The Lydian augmented #2 from the harmonic major scale. Formula is : 1 - #2 - 3 - #4 - #5 - 6 - 7
How to Play Major 7#5 Chords on Guitar
Major 7#5 guitar chords - 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|
Major 7#5 guitar chords - Drop 2 voicings
Here are the augmented maj7#5 drop 3 voicing charts
|Drop 3 root position||R||7||3||#5|
|1st inversion (third in the bass)||3||R||#5||7|
|2nd inversion (fifth in the bass)||#5||3||7||R|
|3rd inversion (seventh in the bass)||7||#5||R||3|
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Last edited: 01/17/2020