Friday, May 13, 2016

Augmented Triads: The Six Million Dollar Chord

Hey! This week we talked about augmented triads and some of their uses. Let's try some exercises!

1) Let's start at the end. I mentioned that any augmented triad could modulate to any key, but how? See if you can figure it out! Remember they're symmetrical, so you only need to find ways to four different groups of keys. Can you find more than one way to a key? What's the simplest?

2) Next, let's talk line cliches. What did you think of their sound? We covered a few of the most common types, but there are others. Can you think of any more examples? Maybe moving a different note? Or maybe the line doesn't go the same way the whole time? Come up with some ideas and try them out!

3) Finally, let's talk chord scales. Specifically, let's look at the Whole Tone scale. Whole Tone can be thought of as the notes of two augmented triads a whole step apart. What are some possible uses for that? We covered some basic places you might see it, but there's a lot of more creative options out there. Play around with it, see what you can come up with!

And that's that! As always you can put your answers in the comments below or on the main video, and we'll see you next week!

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