Music Theory Lesson

Aug vs Dim Tones

Difficulty: beginner

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Augmented chords, usually notated as "aug" or "+", are constructed with the 1st, 3rd, and #5th notes of the major scale.

Diminished chords, usually noted as "dim" or "o", are constructed with the 1st, b3rd, and b5th notes of the major scale.

Daug

R#5R3R#5R3

This Daug chord shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), 3, and #5.

Ddim

Rb5Rb3Rb5Rb3

This Ddim chord shape is constructed of 1 (R for root), b3rd, and b5th.