Augmented Chords

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Essentially an augmented chord is a major chord with the top note stretched up one key. You can also leave the top where it is and stretch the bottom two notes down two keys. Spelling is important only for notation. For playing augmented chords we simple do not care about anything more than the pattern of keys we are pressing.

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  1. Thank you for explaining this so clearly. I especially love the way you have traced the chords of the same color: (example GBbD, BbDG, DGBb in blue). Somebody once told me “There are really only 4 augmented chords” and in this diagram I can see it. The three notes of an aug chord give us three different chords depending on which sits at the bottom. Way cool!


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