How to Play an Faug Chord on the Piano

Augmented Chords

Let’s look at how to play an Faug (“F 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 chordMajor 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 Faug Chord

To play an Faug chord, we’ll first build an F major chord using the first, third and fifth notes of the F major scale: F – A – C.

Then we’ll raise the upper-note C 1/2 step, to C♯.

So to play an Faug chord, we’ll play: F – A – C♯

F – A – C♯

faug 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 Faug, or F+.

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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 an Faug chord on the piano, and you can use that knowledge 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 for when you need them.

And using chords to learn the piano is a wonderful way to enjoy music!

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2 Comments

  1. Nicolás Orsué Pola Constantino

    Vamos a ver si me puedes ayudar con el acorde de piano Dm7+, ya que no lo logro.

    Reply
    • Julie Swihart

      Hi, thanks for the question! The Dm7 chord is a Dm chord (D – F – A) with an added note. The added note is the seventh note of the D major scale, lowered 1/2 step: C. So a Dm7 chord is D – F – A – C. In your question you added the “+” symbol after the Dm7 chord symbol. The “+” symbol indicates an augmented chord. Augmented chords are major chords with the upper-note raised 1/2 step. So if we built a Daug chord (D – F# – A#) and added the seventh note of the D major scale, lowered 1/2 step (C), we would get: D – F# – A# – C. These chords can be labeled as D7(#5). If we tried to combine the Dm7 and the augmented chord by playing a D – F – A# – C, we are actually playing a Bb2 chord with the notes rearranged: Bb – C – D – F. I hope this helps!

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