This is just my interpretation on them....
Augmented Chords are ones that look like this: 1,3,5#
So for example Faug=FADb but what I found out is that
Faug is just a different inversion of Aaug..why? I don't
really know the technical details
Faug-FADb inverted is ADbF which is Aaug!!!!
Abaug-AbCE inverted is CEAb which is Caug!!!
so on and so forth for all 12 keys the vise versa hold true
What I concluded from this is that either F or A could be
played in the bass when using Faug or Aaug and the voicing
would sound good..
Okay enough of the musical lesson time for some chords!!!!
Here is how I use Augmented Chords:
1. Leading Tone into another chord
(I don't know if that's the correct terminology)
Here is a chord progression I chorded from
He'll Be Right There on Hezekiah Walker's Love is Live CD
it's in Key of Db I think
This is Really smooth and mellow sounding
It was the play over part at the end of the song
DGbC/DGbBbD <- This is Daug which is used to lead back into Eb/DbFGbBb
2. During a good old fashion turn around, lol
Technically it's a IIm-V-I progression
(These two uses of augmented chords were pointed
out by Mother Lisa in a Lounge post I'm just
elaborating on both )
This is just an example of turn around in key of Ab
played at the end of alot of slow songs and hymns..
with a little organ flavor for the adventureous, lol!!
()-denote either organ chords or foot pedal/bass note
A/FADbF <- This is Aaug, I added F to make it sound a little fuller
3. My favorite as a FILLER
I just discovered this one tonight so here we go!!
Example will be Yes Lord in key of Ab
(for a since of unity with the turnaround above)
now there are two ways I figured that this part
could be played using different bass lines..WATCH
D or Ab/CFGbBb
Ab or C/EAbCE <- ***FILLER*** Abaug or Caug
the chords are the same but the bass lines are different
depending on which one you want to use if you played
D first then go to Ab or if you played Ab first then go to C
A/EbGbAC OR (A/FADbF <- FILLER Aaug)
or you can use the turnaround from 2 up
above to end out yes Lord it's totally
up to you!!
This is what I came up with..I know there are more
ways that the Augmented chord is used..if you know anymore
ways or you have a question or comment don't hesitate to
post a reply!!!
Da_Nati_Maestro AKA J.R.
For more chords check out my page....