How Do You Make Augmented Chords Sound Good?

Author: Tommaso Zillio

Ah, the augmented triads: dissonant like nothing else, and the least used triads in music.

Whenever I show augmented chords to some new players the scene goes like:

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Teacher: “Now play this shape here” Student: “Ok” -strummmm- “Oh, yuck!! This sounds horrible!”

And it’s true that by themselves augmented chords sound horrible.

But in the right chord progressions they may sound great! It’s all a matter of putting the “right” chords before and after.

Indeed, if you know what you are doing you can even put an augmented chord in a pop song, and none would be the wiser.

Wanna see that?

Here are 3 ways to make augmented triads sound so smooth you won’t notice you played them:

But it does not end here! You can use augmented triads in a variety of way – just like you can use major or minor triad in a variety of ways.

For instance, here you can see how to modulate to strange keys using an augmented triad. Metal people? You want this sound:

And if your appetite for destruction… erm, dissonance is not satiated yet…

… in this video we boldly go way way further than you may imagine in using augmented chords. These sounds are super-new, grab them before other composers find them?

Have fun!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a prog rock guitarist and teacher with a passion for Music Theory applied to Guitar. To know more do not forget to subscribe to his youtube channel.

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