Augmented Octave Intervals

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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.

Guitar tablature of A augmented octave intervals

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.

Guitar tablature of A#/Bb augmented octave intervals

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.

Guitar tablature of B augmented octave intervals

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.

Guitar tablature of C augmented octave intervals

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. Guitar tablature of C#/Db augmented octave intervals

D Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

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

Guitar tablature of D augmented octave intervals

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. Guitar tablature of D#/Eb augmented octave intervals

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.

Guitar tablature of E augmented octave intervals

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).

Guitar tablature of F augmented octave intervals

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.

Guitar tablature of F#/Gb augmented octave intervals

G Augmented Octave Interval on the Guitar

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

Guitar tablature of G augmented octave intervals

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. Guitar tablature of G#/Ab augmented octave intervals

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