This is a public version of the members-only Multi-Style Cello with Mike Block, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Multi-Style Cello with Mike Block.
Join Now

Rhythmic & Chordal Playing
30 Day Challenge
«Prev of Next»

Cello Lessons: Finding Chords: Augmented

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Written Materials +







+Rhythmic & Chordal Playing

Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   

This video lesson is available only to members of
Multi-Style Cello with Mike Block.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Multi-Style Cello with Mike Block. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Cello Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
The augmented chord is
not used very often, actually.
It's a major triad with a sharp five.
So that means we've got root in D and
then we've got major third.
And then a sharp five, an A sharp.
[SOUND] This is another symmetrical
chord like the diminished
because these are now all major
thirds between each interval.
And then we have the root,
which actually there isn't
a seventh if we do it this way
because with three major thirds
we get back to the octave,
so D, F sharp, A sharp, D.
In order to play this as a chord,
the easy fingering is to do one,
two, three.
That gives us the root, the sharp five and
the third and
we can put the root again on top.
This is a great sound because we just have
one, two, three, four.
All the fingers go up
evenly string by string.
So it's a really easy hand shape.
This chord is often used as
a variation on a dominant seventh sound.
And in All the Things You Are,
in our jazz curriculum,
there is a C augmented seven chord.
And so that chord,
it has the sharp five and
the major third, but
it also has a flat seven,
which is actually kind of impossible
to do as a four note voicing.
But I would try and hit that C natural.
So when I'm playing an augmented sound,
I wanna make sure the sharp five
is being brought out cause
that's what makes it special.
So often I actually leave out the seventh,
in All the Things You Are,
because it's a C augmented seven,
we can actually make this happen because
we can use the open C for the root.
First finger for G sharp, and
then second finger for the third,
and then actually you can bar that
first finger to get the B flat.
[SOUND] And that's a nice sound.
So the augmented chord is just like
the major, but it's got a sharp five.