How to Play an E Flat Augmented Chord on the Piano

Augmented Chords

Let’s look at how to build an E flat augmented chord on the piano. We can use this pattern to build 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 an E Flat Augmented Chord

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

Then to convert the E flat major chord into an augmented chord, we’ll raise the upper-note 1/2 step: E♭ – G – B

So to play an E flat augmented chord, we’ll play:

E♭ – G – B

e flat augmented chord piano

We can use this pattern to build any other augmented chord. 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 E flat augmented chord could be written as either E♭aug, or E♭+.

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Conclusion

Now you know how to play an E 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 other chord types, but it’s good to know how to build them for when you need them. And it gives you more options at the piano!

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