Sharp 5 (#5)

A raised 5th. In a chord, a #5 makes the chord augmented

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Written by Sam Blakelock
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If you raise the fifth of a major triad by one semitone, it’s called an augmented triad, which is a chord built by two stacking two major third intervals.

Raising the fifth in a dominant seventh chord gives the chord an altered sound.

Example: C E G#

Musical example: "Oh Darlin" by The Beatles

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