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Augmented major seventh chord

augmented major seventh chord
Component intervals from root
major seventh
augmented fifth
major third
Forte no. / Complement
4-19 / 8-19
Augmented major seventh chord on C About this sound   .
III+_M^7 chord in C harmonic or ascending melodic minor[1] About this sound   .

In music, an augmented major seventh chord, augmented/major seventh chord, or major seventh sharp five chord (written as +M7, +Δ7, M75, M7(5), M7/5, etc.) is a nondominant seventh chord comprising the root note, the note a major third above the root, the note an augmented fifth above the root, and the note a major seventh above the root: 1-3-5-7, and is associated with the augmented scale[2] (see jazz scale and chord-scale system). When used in jazz scores, a number of symbols can be used to represent this chord, including maj+7, and Δ+7.

This chord comes from the third mode of the both the harmonic minor and the melodic minor scales. For example, the third mode of the A minor melodic consists of C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. Therefore, the notes of the C maj7(5) chord are C, E, G, and B.

As with dominant seventh chords, nondominant seventh chords including the augmented major seventh usually progress according to the circle, thus III+_M^7 resolves to vi or VI.[3] For example, C maj7(5) usually resolves to F.

The chord can be represented by the integer notation {0, 4, 8, 11}.

Augmented major seventh chord table

Chord Root Major third Augmented fifth Major seventh
Cmaj7(5) C E G B
Cmaj7(5) C E (F) Gdouble sharp (A) B (C)
Dmaj7(5) D F A C
Dmaj7(5) D F A C
Dmaj7(5) D Fdouble sharp (G) Adouble sharp (B) Cdouble sharp (D)
Emaj7(5) E G B D
Emaj7(5) E G B (C) D
Fmaj7(5) F A C E
Fmaj7(5) F A Cdouble sharp (D) E (F)
Gmaj7(5) G B D F
Gmaj7(5) G B D F
Gmaj7(5) G B (C) Ddouble sharp (E) Fdouble sharp (G)
Amaj7(5) A C E G
Amaj7(5) A C E (F) G
Amaj7(5) A Cdouble sharp (D) Edouble sharp (F) Gdouble sharp (A)
Bmaj7(5) B F A
Bmaj7(5) B D Fdouble sharp (G) A

See also


  1. ^ Benward & Saker (2003). Music: In Theory and Practice, Vol. I, p.230. Seventh Edition. ISBN 978-0-07-294262-0.
  2. ^ Coker, Jerry (1976). The Jazz Idiom, p.66. ISBN 0-13-509851-3.
  3. ^ Benward & Saker (2003), p.232.
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