Let’s look at how to play an Aaug (A augmented) chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for playing any augmented chord.
What Are Augmented Chords?
How to Play an Aaug Chord
So to play an Aaug chord, we’ll play:
A – C♯ – E♯
Augmented chords can be written as “aug” or “+”. So a chord with the “+” symbol also indicates an augmented chord.
How to Label the Notes
Since an E♯ is the same note as an F, you may be wondering why we would label the Aaug chord as A – C♯ – E♯ instead of A – C♯ – F.
The reason is because the piano intervals used to build augmented chords are a root, a major third, and an augmented fifth (learn all about intervals here). A fifth up from A in the alphabet is E (A – B – C – D – E), so the proper way to label an augmented fifth is E♯ (F would indicate a sixth up from A).
Other Chord Types
There are many other chord types you can learn. Here are some others:
Now you know how to build an Aaug chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge to build any other augmented chord. Augmented chords aren’t as common as major or minor chords, but it’s good to know how to build them for when you need them.
Using patterns is a wonderful way to learn chords and play piano!