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An easy example:

C+7 = C E G# Bb

What scale would this thing come from?

When playing it it sounds lydian to me, not so much dominant.

Same notes rewritten:

E+7#11 = E G# B# A#

my best guess would be lydian augmented mode from III melodic minor... but that mode doesn't have a b7...

  • Woukd it be better written C7+ or C7aug or C7+5? C+7 seems like an augmented 7th , taking the note back to C (B#)? – Tim Jul 24 '17 at 5:46
  • I've always seen C+7, which makes sense to me, since it shows the augmented 5th and dominant 7th. – user45266 May 1 at 18:40
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There are several options for appropriate chord scales:

  • the whole-tone scale: C D E F# G# A#/Bb)
  • the altered scale (7th mode of melodic minor): C Db Eb E F# G#/Ab Bb

If you replace the #5 by the enharmonically equivalent b6, then also mixolydian b6 (5th mode of melodic minor) is a possibility: C D E F G Ab Bb

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I've seen some say the altered scale can be used whenever the 5th of the dominant chord is altered.

Just wanted to point out it can be used for a #5 or a b5 too.

The altered scale is just the seventh mode of the melodic minor scale. That may help you with learning the scale which upon first sight seems like a very strange scale. FWIW, several other modes of the melodic minor are used in jazz.

Of course the 4 consecutive whole steps in melodic minor are very close to a pure augmented scale and that's why it works nicely over an augmented chord.

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1) Take the Sharp 5

2) build a Lydian (Lydian Bebop) with the #5 as the root.

Ex. Cdom7+5 #5 is G# (or Ab) Ab Bb C D(natural) Eb E natural F G (Ab Lydian).

(i.e. 1,2,3,#4,5,#5,6,7,8) #5 is the 'bebop fill'

Seen from the root 'C' it becomes numerically, 1, 2, b3, 3 natural, 4, 5, #5, b7, 1. reordered from C: C, D, Eb, E, F, G, G#, Bb

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AS @Matt L. says, it could be a C whole-tone scale, with the 4th note as an 'avoid'. Or you could think of two major 3rd 'cells', C, D, E and Ab, Bb, C. Not every chord translates usefully to a standard scale.

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I used my ear to decide which scale run I liked and it is:

C-D-E-F-G-Ab-Bb-C

the F is the typical intend root target of a C7 dominant so it doesn't sound too jarring. Trilling the Ab-G interval sounds like an anticipation to an F resolution.

Matt L. nailed (and taught me something new) by calling this the "altered scale": C mixolydian with a flat 6th alteration.

For extra jazz"impressionists" the C# - E - G - Bb diminshed scales (they are all the same notes fits well over this chord:

C# - D = E - F = G - Ab = Bb - B = C# (alternate 1/2 step / whole steps intervals for an 8 note scale).

There's also a 9 note BeBop chromatic scale that sounds useful to me:

C - D - D# - E - F# - G - Ab - Bb - B - C adding 3 note 1/2 step runs up to the C root, E 3rd and G#/Ab altered fifth.

Unless the melody forces the use of the augmented chord it's simpler and less "jazz inflected" to just use the C7. A more pop sound would be the C11 using a Bb/C that might resolve to a C7 before heading home to F.

  • Nice. C-D-E-F-G-Ab-Bb-C is whole-tone with a lowered fourth – Kolob Canyon Jul 23 '17 at 20:49
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    Just for clarification: a mixolydian scale with a b6 is simply called "mixolydian b6 (or b13)"; it is not the same as the altered scale, which is the 7th mode of the melodic minor scale. The C altered scale is: C Db Eb E F# G#/Ab Bb – Matt L. Jul 24 '17 at 8:58
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On a Cdom7+5 I would play an Ab Lydian scale. Ab Bb C D Eb E F G Ab (Bebop/ 8 note scale) 1 2 3 #4 5 #5 6 7 8 Lydian is super super handy. Play it on a IV, bIII, bVII, bVI or bII chord. Now I find it works on Aug5 chord, but take the #5 as the root of the Lydian! Ray Stoddard

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To paraphrase you my best guess would be lydian augmented mode you can see the chord fits both E+add(#4) and G#+add2 in lydian augmented.

After some debat, I've decided to only list chord matches on 'common' scales. These include the modes of major, melodic minor, harmonic major, harmonic minor, double harmonic and the scales leading whole tone, whole-half-step, half-whole-step.

Note: the modes that fit the chord on the key are listed; any other mode would also fit the chord on another function.

Note: because of enharmonic equivalence, some notes can be written differently (e.g. F## - G).

C+7

  • Major-Minor: C D E F G Ab Bb chord: C E Ab Bb
  • Superlocrian: C Db Eb Fb Gb Ab Bb chord: C Fb Ab Bb
  • Makam Huzzam: C Db Eb Fb G Ab Bb chord: C Fb Ab Bb
  • Phrygian Dominant: C Db E F G Ab Bb chord: C E Ab Bb
  • Leading Whole-tone: C D E F# G# A# B chord: C E G# A#

E+add(#4)

  • Lydian Augmented: E F# G# A# B# C# D# chord: E G# A# B#
  • Superlocrian: E F G Ab Bb C D chord: E Ab Bb C
  • Aeolian flat 1: E F## G# A# B# C# D# chord: E G# A# B#
  • Ultralocrian: E F G Ab Bb C Db chord: E Ab Bb C
  • Leading Whole-tone: E F# G# A# B# C## D# chord: E G# A# B#

G#+add2

  • Lydian Augmented: G# A# B# C## D## E# F## chord: G# A# B# D##
  • Major-Minor: G# A# B# C# D# E F# chord: G# A# B# E
  • Harmonic Major: G# A# B# C# D# E F## chord: G# A# B# E
  • Ionian Augmented: G# A# B# C# D## E# F## chord: G# A# B# D##
  • Leading Whole-tone: G# A# B# C## D## E## F## chord: G# A# B# D##

Bb7b5sus2

  • Acoustic: Bb C D E F G Ab chord: Bb C E Ab
  • Minor Locrian: Bb C Db Eb Fb Gb Ab chord: Bb C Fb Ab
  • Dorian flat 5: Bb C Db Eb Fb G Ab chord: Bb C Fb Ab
  • Altered Dorian: Bb C Db E F G Ab chord: Bb C E Ab
  • Leading Whole-tone: Bb C D E F# G# A chord: Bb C E G#
  • Downvoted because? – dfhwze May 1 at 14:18
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    not me who downvoted, but to take a guess it's probably because it's hard to make head nor tail of your answer. It's not immediately clear what your notation represents, and you haven't enumerated what notes make up the scales you've named. – Some_Guy May 1 at 15:01
  • Thanks for your feedback. I'm afraid if I need to go to such detail, the post gets a multitude bigger. Perhaps it's better if I only output the most common scales, and present more details for these scales. – dfhwze May 1 at 15:10
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    I'm not sure how many people with this question would really be helped by an exhaustive list of scales that might be applied to an aug7 chord, especially if they have to do so much work to understand the answer. If you clean this up, I may remove the downvote. As an aside, good answers that are easier to understand for more people tend to attract more upvotes than good answers that are harder to understand. Sometimes you will find great answers that are a bit obscure with very few upvotes. 2/2 – David Bowling May 1 at 15:45
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    This answer is really not very readable as is which may have contributed to some of the votes. Compare it to the other answers here to get an idea of what I mean. – Dom May 1 at 16:45

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