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Raising The 5 By a Half Step

 

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Now let's check out another, much more dramatic sounding variation of a basic triad. For this variation you raise the 5 by a half step, and I'm sure you'll recognize the sound of it.

If we raise the 5th of the chord up a half step you can hear all that jazzy tension. It desperately wants to resolve to it's IV chord. This is one of the least static chords I know. It's very hard to use this chord without following it with it's IV chord.

Therefore it's best to use for a V chord or any secondary dominant that you want to add some extra drama to. This chord is referred to by many names: “sharp 5 chord, augmented triad, +, etc.”, but it all refers to that same sound.
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