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AUGMENTED CHORDS

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THE AUGmented chord

Augmented chords
We learned long ago that major chords consist of the 1-3-5 of the major scale and that minor chords consist of the 1-b3-5 of the major scale (everything relates back to the major scale, even minor chords). Augmented chords consist of 1-3-#5 … so the interval called the ‘Perfect Fifth’ has been ‘augmented’, or raised by one semitone. These chords have a very unstable sound because of that and are therefore not very common and are used as passing chords more than anything else, chords that lead from one stable chord to another. The one interesting thing about them is that the intervals between the three notes are equal: four semitones (a major third is the proper term) between each note. What that means in practical terms is that there are in effect only 3 augmented chords, not 12. That’s because augmented chords have inversions just as any chord, and because the constituent notes are four frets apart, the next inversion for each chord is four frets away. 12 divided by 4 equals 3. The movie above lets you hear and see all of that in action. Below are the main shapes for Augmented chords
Move either of these shapes up or down the fretboard 4 frets and you have a new inversion of the same chord.

AUGMENTED ALSO TAKES ITS NAME FROM THE NOTE YOU HOLD CONTAINED IN THE DIAGRAM.THERE ARE FOUR AUGMENTED CHORDS USING THESE SHAPES…..click for full picture window

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