Though it is not as well known or regularly used as its cousins the Minor Pentatonic and Major Scales, the Augmented Scale is a unique sound that can add an extra spice to your solos and compositions.
The Augmented Scale has 6 notes, and they are arranged as such.
Root – m3rd – M3rd – P5th – A5th – M7th
So, for example, a C Augmented Scale would be spelled with the following notes:
C – Eb – E – G – G# – B
Because this scale is built out of two Augmented Triads, one one the root (C in this case) and one on the minor 3rd (Eb in this case), you can use this scale to solo of Major 7#5 chords.
The following Augmented Scales are written out in the key of C, but make sure you practice them in all keys so you have them at your fingertips no matter what key you’re soloing in.
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Augmented Scale One Octave
Augmented Scale Two Octaves
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