How to Play a B Flat Augmented Chord on the Piano

Augmented Chords

Let’s look at how to play a B flat augmented chord on the piano. We’ll also learn the pattern for building any other augmented chord.

What Are Augmented Chords?

Augmented chords are major chords with the upper-note raised 1/2 step.

So to build an augmented chord, we can start by building a major chord. Major chords are built using the first, third and fifth notes of the matching major scale.

Then to convert the major chord into an augmented chord, we can raise the upper-note 1/2 step.

How to Play a B Flat Augmented Chord

To play a B flat augmented chord, we’ll start with a B flat major chord. We can build a B flat major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the B flat major scale: B♭ – D – F

Then to convert the major chord into an augmented chord, we’ll raise the upper-note 1/2 step, to F♯

So to play a B flat augmented chord, we’ll play:

B♭ – D – F♯

b flat augmented chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other augmented chord on the piano. We’ll start with a major chord, then raise the upper note 1/2 step.

Another way to label augmented chords is with the “+” symbol. So an augmented chord could be written as either B♭aug, or B♭+.

piano chords chart pdf printable

Chord Types Printable

Learn to play 17 types of piano chords using 12 different root notes with this 35-page PDF! Chords are sorted both by their root note and type.

Other Chord Types

Some other chord types you can learn are:

Major
Minor
Diminished
Second
Minor Second
Suspended
Fifth
Sixth
Minor Sixth
Seventh
Minor Seventh
Major Seventh
Ninth
Minor Ninth
Major Ninth

Conclusion

Now you know how to play a B flat augmented chord on the piano, and you can use this pattern to build any other augmented chord!

Augmented chords aren’t as common as major and minor chords, but it’s good to know how to build them when you need them.

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