The C Augmented Chord On The Piano – Charts & Fingering

C Aug Chord piano diagram

The C Augmented piano chord (C – E – G#) consists of the notes C – E and G#.

How to play the C Augmented Chord on the piano

C Augmented Chord in root position

To play the C Augmented Chord on the piano, we need to determine the position of the right and left hands.

For the right hand, the thumb is placed on C the middle finger is positioned on the E while the little finger is used to press the G# note.

For the left hand, it’s more or less the reverse. The thumb should be set on G# the middle finger is placed on the E while the little finger is needed to press the C note.

C Augmented Chord inversions

First Inversion

To shift from the root position (C – E – G#) to the first inversion (E – G# – C ) of the C Augmented Chord, follow these steps. For the right hand, move your thumb (1) to E, switch your index finger (2) to G# and extend your pinky (5) to C.

For the left hand, the move between (C – E – G#) and (E – G# – C ) is similar, except that we’ll continue to use the middle finger instead of the index finger: the thumb moves from G# to C, the middle finger moves from E to G# and the little finger goes on E.

Second Inversion

The movement between the root position (C – E – G#) and the 2nd inversion (G# – C – E) of the C Augmented Chord follows the exact opposite logic. The highest note (G#) descends an octave.

Here for the right hand: move your thumb (1) to G#, switch your middle finger (3) to C and move your pinky (5) to E.

Here for the left hand: put your left thumb (1) to E, reposition your index finger (3) on C and set your little finger (5) to G#.