Welcome to the most recent installation of Chord by Chord, a series developed to construct your understanding of consistency and the fretboard. In previous lessons, we’ve covered C augmented and G augmented. This time, we’ll discuss An enhanced.
Keep in mind that a major triad is built of three notes, the root, the 3rd, and the fifth. In an enhanced triad, the root and the third are the very same, but the 5th is raised a half action. An augmented chord is in some cases shown with a plus (+) sign, but at AG we rather use the suffix aug next to the root note. Example 1 reveals the notes in an A significant chord (A C# E) and Example 2 shows the notes in an Aaug chord (A C# E #). Keep in mind that E # is the enharmonic equivalent (very same pitch) of F.
Example 3a demonstrates how to produce Aaug from an open A shape, while Example 3b reveals another way to do that, this time adding the top string. Full six-string enhanced barre chords can be awkward, so try making Aaug from the bottom 4 strings of a fifth-position A chord (Example 4a) or the leading four (Example 4b), benefiting from the open A string to add the root note. End higher up the neck with a number of voicings in ninth position that likewise consist of the open 5th string (Example 5).
You ought to now understand a variety of methods to play An increased chords on the fretboard. Teenage Fanclub’s “Metal Child” is a fine example that utilizes Aaug. In the next lesson, we’ll go over Eaug.