Watch the Augmented & Diminished Forms online guitar lesson by Pat Martino from The Nature of Guitar

Every vehicle works in a specific way, and the guitar has its proportions built into the mechanism itself. I've been fortunate enough to find some very practical, easy ways to eliminate stages of development and replace them with an immediate realization of how the instrument runs.

There are two forms, which I refer to as "parental forms," that are very important here - one being the augmented chord and the other the diminished chord.