Symmetrical Scales: Augmented Scale
Symmetrical Scales are scales that are marked by interval patterns within one or two octaves. There are four types of Symmetrical scale based around one or more interval patterns repeated in a cycle. They are particularly useful for improvising over extended and altered chords
The Augmented Scale is built by placing two augmented triads a minor 3rd apart and can be used to add tension to your solos when playing over a Major 7 chord or a Major 7#5 chord. It is constructed as follows:
R b3(#9) 3 5 #5 7 R
or in the key of C
C Db E Gb G Bb C
You will notice as you play this scale that you are making a pattern by combining the C and Eb Augmented Triads.
Once you have these scales mastered, pick a standard out of your jazz repertoire and incorporate these in the relevant places to add some colour and diversity to your solos!
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