There are many positions (ways, variants etc.) to play the G augmented (Gaug) mandolin chord. In this article you can find the most common mandolin chord positions – displayed on the slideshow above, fingered for your convenience. To help you understand how to play them, I have included step-by-step instructions, describing where to place each finger on the mandolin fret-board and what note this will produce. Finally, the article includes a chord chart with all possible mandolin chord positions for future reference, feel free to print it.
What is a G augmented (Gaug) chord?
The Gaug is a triad chord, i.e. it consists of three notes G-B-D# as following:
The root, which for the Gaug chord is of course G
The third, which for the Gaug chord is B. Note that this creates a major third interval that consists of four half steps (G toG#, G# to A, A to A#, A# to B)
The fifth, which for the Gaug chord is D#. Note again that this creates another major third interval that consists of four half steps (B to C, C to C#, C# to D, D to D#).
The Gaug is an augmented chord, because the interval between the root (note G) and the fifth (note D#) is an augmented fifth interval.
Note that half steps correspond to one fret difference between notes played on the same string.
See how the Gaug chord is written on sheet paper:
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: