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Cello Lessons: Finding Chords: Augmented

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[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
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,
however,
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.
[MUSIC]