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Chord Clinic

Augmented chords are not exactly commonplace, but dropped into the right chord sequence they have a unique function. ROD FOGG investigates their potential…

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Theory books will tell you that there are four kinds of triad; major, minor, diminished and augmented. Major and minor chords carry the weight of most songwriting – diminished chords are rare, and often appear as diminished seventh chords, which we took a look at last month. Augmented chords are also rare and are built from two major thirds, one on top of the other (for example, C augmented contains the notes C, E and G#). This means that they contain a root, major third and augmented fifth, and have a sound all of their own that can take a chord sequence in an unusual direction.

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The December 2017 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now! Inside, you’ll find a massive 24-page feature devoted to The Secrets Of Studio Guitar. Following exclusive insights into the golden era of session guitar from Wrecking Crew luminary Carol Kaye and Tommy Tedesco’s son Denny, we move into the modern age (albeit via a raft of vintage tube amps) with recording tips courtesy of Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb, first-call LA guitarist Josh Smith’s guide to the perfect session and a tale of how digital modelling can be the answer to your sonic prayers. Elsewhere in the mag, we pay tribute to Tom Petty, review a raft of hot new gear from the likes of Fender, Maybach, Satellite Amps, G&L and Keeley and show you how to build your own acoustic guitar in the latest instalment of DIY Workshop. For all that and a FREE 2018 calendar packed full of beautifully photographed vintage and star guitars, pick up your copy of the December issue of The Guitar Magazine now!
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