# Augmented Octave Intervals

# Augmented Octave Intervals

An **augmented octave** is the distance from any note to a note thirteen
half-steps away either ascending or descending.
It is a dissonant interval.

Playing augmented octaves on the guitar requires using the pick to strike the low note and the second finger to strike the high note. Strike the low note with a downward motion and strike the high note with an upward motion, as if you are trying to pinch the strings.

*Be sure your guitar is in tune before playing the following examples.*

## A Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **A** is **A#** an octave higher.

## Bb (A#) Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **Bb** is **B** an octave higher.

An augmented Octave *above* **A#** is **Ax** (A double sharp).
Notice that Ax is actually a B note. However, a B above A# is a
minor ninth.
Also notice that a perfect octave
above A# is A#. An augmented octave is one more half-step than a perfect octave.
Therefore, to indicate this is an augmented octave an Ax is used.

## B Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **B** is **B#** an octave higher.

*Note: Cb is a B. An augmented octave above Cb is C.*

## C Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **C** is **C#** an octave higher.

*Note: B# is a C. An augmented octave above B# is Bx.*

## Db (C#) Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **Db** is **D** an octave higher.

An augmented octave *above* **C#** is **Cx** (C double sharp) an octave higher.
Notice that Cx is actually a D note.
However, a D above C# is a minor ninth.
Also notice that a perfect octave
above C# is C#. An augmented octave is one more half-step than a perfect octave.
Therefore, to indicate this is an augmented octave a Cx is used.

## D Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **D** is **D#** an octave higher.

## Eb (D#) Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **Eb** is **E** an octave higher.

An augmented octave *above* **D#** is **Dx** (D double sharp).
Notice that Dx is actually an E note.
However, an E above D# is a minor ninth.
Also notice that a perfect octave
above D# is D#. An augmented octave is one more half-step than a perfect octave.
Therefore, to indicate this is an augmented octave a Dx is used.

## E Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **E** is **E#** an octave higher. Notice that E# is
actually an F note. However, an F above E is a
minor ninth.
Also notice that a perfect octave
above E is E. An augmented octave is one more half-step than a perfect octave.
Therefore, to indicate this is an augmented octave an E# is used.

*Note: Fb is an E. An augmented octave above Fb is F.*

## F Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **F** is **F#** an octave higher.

*Note: E# is an F. An augmented octave above E# is Ex (E double sharp).*

## F# (Gb) Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **F#** is **Fx** (F double sharp) an octave higher. Notice that Fx is
actually a G note. However, a G above F# is a
minor ninth.
Also notice that a perfect octave
above F# is F#. An augmented octave is one more half-step than a perfect octave.
Therefore, to indicate this is an augmented octave an Fx is used.

An augmented octave *above* **Gb** is **G** an octave higher.

## G Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **G** is **G#** an octave higher.

## Ab (G#) Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

An augmented octave *above* **Ab** is **A** an octave higher.

An augmented octave *above* **G#** is **Gx** (G double sharp).
Notice that Gx is actually an A note.
However, an A above G# is a minor ninth.
Also notice that a perfect octave
above G# is G#. An augmented octave is one more half-step than a perfect octave.
Therefore, to indicate this is an augmented octave a Gx is used.