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Strange and Repeating Chord - The Augmented
E Augmented - fancy name, nice chord. One interesting thing about this chord and any augmented chord in fact, is that it repeats itself every 5 frets (inclusive).
Basically the notes in the chord swap around as you move the shape up (or down), each time, but you're still playing the same augmented chord. Here's an example with the root note on the A string at the 7th fret -
Diagram #1 E Augmented
A good place to use the Augmented chord would be during a blues "Turnaround" - ie at the last measure (12) before going back to the beginning of a blues progression. Here's an example:
Standard Blues Progression:
Bars 1 - 12
You can see in measure (bar) 12 in the above example, that we've substituted an E Augmented chord for the last two strums of E7. It's a subtle but nice change, and this substitute can be most effective if you're solo-ing.
You can hear the "Augmented" 5 frets effect on the following demo. The chord starts in the 7th position (Diagram 1 above) and moves up 3 times ie Frets 7, 11, 15 (same shape) and finally finishes on a nice 'n' jazzy A11th chord (comin' up in the next lesson;).
Thanx and hope you like the flavor of this sophisticated, bluesy, jazzy chord - here's a few more chord ideas we've looked at.