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Augmented Chord Shapes
(1-3-#5)

There are five primary "Augmented" Chord Shapes which are based on the open position "A", "C", "D", "E", and "G" chords. The fingering diagrams for these chords are presented below with a link to commonly encountered variations. The most widely used chord shapes are the "C" and "E" Forms.

Augmented Chords are unique in that if you move a chord up or down the fingerboard four frets, the chord notes remain the same but in a different order. For example, let's take a look at the "C+" (C Form) Augmented Chord. In the first position the "C+" (x3211x) includes the following notes from lowest to highest: C, E, G#, and C. If you move this chord fingering up four frets (x7655x) you have the "C+/E" or "E+" chord comprised of the following notes: E, G#, C, and E. Continuing up the fretboard another four frets (xbc99x) the chord fingering creates the "C+/G#" or "G#/Ab+" chord from the G#, C, E, and G# notes.

"A" Form
--|---|---|-x-|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|---|---|-2-|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--

"C" Form
--|---|-x-|---|---|--
--|---|-1-|---|---|--
--|---|-1-|---|---|--
--|---|---|-2-|---|--
--|---|---|---|-3-|--
--|---|---|---|-x-|--

"D" Form
--|---|---|-2-|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--
--|---|---|---|-3-|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--
--|-x-|---|---|---|--

"E" Form
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|-3-|---|---|--
--|---|-2-|---|---|--
--|---|---|-4-|---|--
--|---|---|-x-|---|--
--|---|---|-x-|---|--

Variations

"G" Form
--|-x-|---|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|-1-|---|---|---|--
--|---|-2-|---|---|--
--|---|---|-3-|---|--
--|---|---|---|-4-|--

Variations


[ Red=Root; 1=Index; 2=Middle; 3=Ring; 4=Pinky
x=Don't Play; If No x,1,2,3,4=Play Open String ]


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