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Chord Clinic

Take an ordinary dominant seventh chord and sharpen the fifth and you have a 75 chord. ROD FOGG feels the intensity…


The seven sharp five chord (75) can be found in early jazz, ragtime music and gospel and in contemporary styles of music that these have influenced. Used sparingly, it can also add intensity to a blues chord sequence and even occasionally crops up in pop and rock. Figure 1 illustrates what a sharp five chord can do, with a plain G7 chord resolving to C major, followed by G75 chord resolving to a different C major shape or optionally to C major seven. Comparing G7 to G75 allows you to hear the added intensity the sharp five brings to the chord. In G75 both the third and the sharp five want to resolve upwards to C major; the third (B) rises to C and the sharp five (D) rises to E – this is the source of that additional intensity when compared to G7. Be careful to mute the unwanted notes with your fret-hand fingers when playing these chords.

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