At­ten­tion! Colonel Iain Scott sharp­ens his sabre – and his 5th – to cre­ate aug­mented tri­ads that he ap­plies to retro, jazz and Latin grooves.

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Iain Scott ap­plies aug­mented tri­ads to retro, jazz and Latin grooves

Welcome to this month’s in­stal­ment of Chord Camp. As you started out on your mu­si­cal learn­ing jour­ney, you will have surely heard about tri­ads. But you might not have re­alised that they are built from the four com­bi­na­tions of ma­jor 3rd and mi­nor 3rd in­ter­vals. Hence a ma­jor triad is built from a ma­jor 3rd and a mi­nor 3rd stacked on top of one an­other; a mi­nor triad is built from stacked mi­nor 3rd and ma­jor 3rd; a di­min­ished triad from mi­nor 3rd and mi­nor 3rd; and an aug­mented triad from a ma­jor 3rd and ma­jor 3rd. G aug­mented is, there­fore, G-B-D# (R-3-#5). Also, as this is a sym­met­ri­cal shape (it can be re­peated ev­ery four frets on the gui­tar), G aug­mented can also be seen as B or D# aug­mented.

Here are four sets of voic­ings that show you the aug­mented triad and four-note (chord) voic­ings that are com­mon in all styles of play­ing. You will of­ten see the aug­mented chord name shown as ei­ther ‘G aug’ or ‘G+’.

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