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Spread Triads: Augmented Chords

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These spread triads can help you to see the connections between the chords on the fretboard. It is key to study them in relationship to other augmented structures (for example, within a whole tone scale), or in the context of a chord progression that uses an augmented chord. Otherwise, this is merely a finger exercise.

Consider, for example, if this F augmented triad were used in passing between F (F-A-C), to F+ (F-A-C♯) to D-/F (F-A-D). In this progression we hear the note C stepping chromatically to C♯ and then resolving to D. It has context and meaning, and is applicable in real music.

Sixth String

F+Root position spread triad

f natural
fret tile
a natural
fret tile
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

F+ First-inversion spread triad

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
a natural
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
fret tile
f natural
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

F+ Second-inversion spread triad

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
c sharp, d flat
fret tile
f natural
fret tile
fret tile
a natural
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

Fifth String

B♭+ First-inversion spread triad

a sharp, b flat
fret tile
fret tile
d natural
fret tile
f sharp, g flat
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

B+ First-inversion spread triad

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
d natural
fret tile
fret tile
f sharp, g flat
fret tile
a sharp, b flat
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

B+ Second-inversion spread triad

fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile
f sharp, g flat
fret tile
fret tile
a sharp, b flat
fret tile
d natural
fret tile
fret tile
fret tile

Key Tasks

  • Practice the spread augmented triads.
  • Visualize the augmented triads as belonging to a matching whole tone scale.

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