Watch the Diminished/Augmented online guitar lesson by Denny Sarokin from Songwriter's Guide to Great Guitar

Diminished chords ratchet up tension between chords and musical/lyrical phrases in, “Shower The People”, “Friends In Low Places”, and “Ain’t Misbehavin’”.


Augmented chords raise the 5th note yo create a bluesy bridge tone from a V chord back to the V (“Oh, Darling”).