Augmented Triads – The Pepper Of A Musical Meal!
|Good morning. This is Duane, and today we’re going to take a look at augmented triads. Augmented means to widen, of course, to augment, to add to, and so we’re going to take a Major triad, triad meaning a 3-note chord and we’re going to augment it. We’re going to lengthen it, in other words, so instead of root, 3rd and 5th, we’re going to raise the 5th a half-step. That’s an augment triad. That’s a C augmented triad.
|Here’s F Major, so how would I make it augmented? That’s right, just raise the 5th a half-step. There’s G Major, where’s G augmented? That’s right. There’s D Major, D augmented. There’s E Major chord, E Major triad. How would I make it augmented? There’s no black key to the right of D, so I have to play that white key, but I can’t call it C but I have to call it B Sharp because I’m sharping or raising the 5th degree of the scale. That has to be called B Sharp.
|There’s an A Major triad and if I raise the 5th there, I can’t call that F, I’ve got to call it E Sharp. There’s the D Flat Major triad, so to make that augmented, I just change the A Flat into A Natural, so that’s D Flat augment. E Flat Major, E Flat augmented, same principle. A Flat Major, A Flat augmented, exactly the same principle. G Flat Major which is all black as you can see, three black keys. To make it augmented, you raise the 5th to a D Natural.
|There’s the B Major triad, B, D Sharp and F Sharp. How do you sharp a sharp? Well, that’s right. You just raise it a half-step but can you call it G. No, you have to call it F Double-Sharp. The symbol for a double-sharp is like a fat X, a fat X. You’ll recognize it when you see it. There’s the B Major chord, and that would be a B Major triad, 3-note chord. If I raise the 5th, that’s B Flat augmented.
|There’s 12 Major chords, 12 minor chords, 12 diminished chords, and now 12 augmented chords, and that brings a total of 48, doesn’t it? 48 basic triads. These are basic triads, 3-note chords. Of course, you can have a lot more complex. For example, you’d have C augmented, C 7th augmented. There’s C 7th but it’s augmented. These are often used as traditional, I mean, as transitional chords. In other words, if you’re going from C up to F, you might use that chord.
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