Overview

I have focused on the augmented chords, just to realise how easy it is to play them and also memorise the fingering and progressions of mandolin augmented chords.

First of all, although there are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the F augmented mandolin chord, these positions are exactly the same with two other augmented chords, Aaug and C#aug. Why is that? Well it is no magic, it is just mechanics of music theory. I will try to explain this in a post that will follow, but for now, I think it is enough to remember just this: an Faug is also an Aaug and a C#aug, ok?

Now that I have made that clear :-) lets see how to play an Faug mandolin chord.

As always, I suggest you start with the slideshow that shows the most common mandolin chord positions for Faug – displayed on the top of the page above, fingered for your convenience.

For practical reasons, I have included also a Chord Chart for Faug on mandolin, feel free to print it.

What is a F augmented (Faug) chord?

The Faug is a triad chord, i.e. it consists of three notes that create a major third interval and a augmented fifth interval as following:

  • The root, which for the Faug chord is of course F
  • The third, which for the Faug chord is A. Note that this creates a major third interval that consists of four half steps (F to F#, F# to G, G to G#, G# to A)
  • The fifth, which for the Faug chord is C#. Note again that this creates another major third interval from the previous note of the triad that consists of four half steps (A to A#, A# to B, B to C, C to C#).

 

The Faug is an augmented chord, because the interval between the root (note F) and the fifth (note C#) is an augmented fifth interval consisting of eight half steps.

Note that half steps correspond to one fret difference between notes played on the same string.
See how the Faug chord is written on sheet paper:

Faug on music sheet
If you want to understand more on chords theory, i.e. how they are constructed, check out the following popular article I have written some time ago: Understanding Chords Theory.

 

If you need a blank sheet paper to write it down in order to understand it, you can download one from theMandolinTuner free blank music paper sheet.

 

How to Practice chords on the mandolin

There are many good articles here at theMandolinTuner for practicing chords. I suggest you start with:

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Ok, it is now time to practice. Grab your mandolin and try to play these chord variants now, it is easy, just follow the instructions!

 

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