I want to do some accompaniments on guitar and am wondering what the easiest barres are for augmented and diminished chords.

  • Do you mean diminished triads or diminished seventh chords? There are no (6-string) barre shapes for diminished and augmented triads. – Matt L. Feb 20 '16 at 11:22
  • @MattL. - All augs ARE triads, anyway! How could they not be? Need a root to establish, need 3rd to establish maj., need the +5 for the aug. bit... I agree! – Tim Feb 20 '16 at 13:16
  • @Tim: Well, there's also an augmented seventh chord: 1-3-#5-maj7, as depicted in Kirk A's answer. – Matt L. Feb 20 '16 at 13:29
  • @MattL. - also existing - aug 9thand aug11th. Aug 7 sounds like a bit of a misnomer, as the 7th part isn't actually augmented! – Tim Feb 20 '16 at 15:08

I don't use these chords much so I can probably only remember the easy ones!

I'm lazy too - I tend to use this dim7 when I need a dim. It's not a barre, but it is moveable as it uses no open strings, and sounds good for arpeggiating.


Another movable dim and dim7 that I like are: dim dim7

As for aug, there's really only one moveable shape I use (again not a barre.) The next three diagrams all represent the same intervals, just changing shape as it moves across the fretboard: aug aug aug


Here are some diminished and augmented seventh grips; the third diminished one is perhaps my favorite (you may recognize it as a major seventh rooted on the A-string, but with the root pushed up a semitone and the seventh dropped a semitone). Only the last grip -- which can be a stretch depending upon your position -- is really suitable for arpeggios. Several of the augmented (major seventh sharp fifth) shapes further below lend themselves to arpeggios.


╫─1─╫───╫ E
╫───╫───╫ A
╫───╫♭♭7╫ D
╫♭3─╫───╫ G
╫───╫♭5─╫ B
╫───╫───╫ e

╫───╫─1─╫───╫ E
╫♭5─╫───╫───╫ A
╫───╫───╫♭♭7╫ D
╫───╫♭3─╫───╫ G
╫───╫───╫───╫ B
╫───╫───╫───╫ e

╫───╫───╫───╫ E
╫───╫─1─╫───╫ A
╫♭5─╫───╫───╫ D
╫───╫───╫♭♭7╫ G
╫♭3─╫───╫───╫ B
╫───╫───╫───╫ e

╫───╫───╫───╫ E
╫───╫─1─╫───╫ A
╫───╫───╫───╫ D
╫───╫───╫♭♭7╫ G
╫♭3─╫───╫───╫ B
╫───╫───╫♭5─╫ e

╫───╫───╫ E
╫───╫───╫ A
╫───╫─1─╫ D
╫♭5─╫───╫ G
╫───╫♭♭7╫ B
╫♭3─╫───╫ e

╫───╫───╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ E
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ A
╫─1─╫───╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ D
╫───╫───╫♭3─╫───╫───╫───╫ G
╫───╫───╫───╫♭5─╫───╫───╫ B
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫───╫♭♭7╫ e


╫───╫─1─╫ E
╫───╫───╫ A
╫─7─╫───╫ D
╫─3─╫───╫ G
╫♯5─╫───╫ B
╫───╫───╫ e

╫─1─╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ E
╫───╫─3─╫───╫───╫───╫ A
╫───╫───╫♯5─╫───╫───╫ D
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫─7─╫ G
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ B
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ e

╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ E
╫───╫───╫───╫─1─╫ A
╫♯5─╫───╫───╫───╫ D
╫───╫───╫─7─╫───╫ G
╫───╫─3─╫───╫───╫ B
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ e

╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ E
╫─1─╫───╫───╫───╫ A
╫───╫─3─╫───╫───╫ D
╫───╫───╫♯5─╫───╫ G
╫───╫───╫───╫─7─╫ B
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ e

╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ E
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ A
╫───╫───╫───╫─1─╫ D
╫♯5─╫───╫───╫───╫ G
╫───╫─7─╫───╫───╫ B
╫───╫─3─╫───╫───╫ e

╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ E
╫───╫───╫───╫───╫ A
╫─1─╫───╫───╫───╫ D
╫───╫─3─╫───╫───╫ G
╫───╫♯5─╫───╫───╫ B
╫───╫───╫───╫─7─╫ e


  • We have JTab on this site which would look generate the chord diagrams a lot better than the ascii counterpart. Why don't you try and convert it? – Dom Feb 20 '16 at 12:04
  • @Dom, I have retained this archaic format because it clearly identifies the constituent voices. JTab labels them with fingers and thumb; that much is self-evident. – Kirk A Feb 20 '16 at 12:17
  • You can stick whatever you want in the fingering spot. For example this %X/x.X/X.4/1.3/3.3/#5.1/7[E+7] would be your last diagram. Try it out here on the jTab sandbox: jtab.tardate.com – Dom Feb 20 '16 at 12:28
  • Forget the jTab. I forgot the issues about doing more than one in a code block... – Dom Feb 20 '16 at 12:46

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