C Augmented Piano Chord

Root
C
3rd
E
♯5th
G#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C
E
G#

The Notes in a C Augmented Chord

The Root

The root of the chord is always the easiest to find because it's in the name of the chord! The root of a C Augmented chord is C.

The 3rd

The third of a C Augmented chord is E. The third is up four half-steps from the Root.

Finding E from C step by step:

  • Start on: C
  • Step 1: move up to Db
  • Step 2: move up to D
  • Step 3: move up to Eb
  • Step 4: Land on E
3rd
E
Root
C
1
2
3
  • Db is a minor second above C.
  • D is a major 2nd above C.
  • Eb is a minor third above C.
  • E is a major third above C.

The Sharp Fifth

The sharp fifth of a C Augmented chord is G#. The sharp fifth is down four half-steps from the Root (a major third down).

Finding G# from C step by step:

  • Start on: C
  • Step 1: move down to B
  • Step 2: move down to Bb
  • Step 3: move down to A
  • Step 4: Land on G#
♯5th
G#
Root
C
1
2
3
  • B is a minor second below C.
  • Bb is a major 2nd below C.
  • A is a minor third below C.
  • G# is a major third below C. The sharp fifth is down a major third? Confusing, right? The note G# is down 4 half-steps from C, but up 8 half-steps from C:
♯5th
G#
Root
C
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

The Inversions of C Augmented

Root Position

Root
C
3rd
E
♯5th
G#
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
C
E
G#

1st Inversion

3rd
E
♯5th
G#
Root
C
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
E
G#
C

2nd Inversion

♯5th
G#
Root
C
3rd
E
E
G
B
D
F
F
A
C
E
G#
C
E

Other Augmented Chords

Other C Chords