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Watch the Augmented Whole Tone online guitar lesson by Frank Vignola from Modern Method for Guitar

In this segment we explore the whole tone scale. As its name implies, it is a scale built with whole tones between each step. The whole tone scale, like the diminished, is symmetrical, meaning the set of intervals repeats, resulting in a visual pattern that resembles a checkerboard on the fret board. This scale sound has a strange, unstable quality that may remind you of the music used in a dream scene in movies.

1. The whole tone scale is a symmetric scale built using a series of 6 whole tones or steps.

2. There are only 12 notes in music. The whole tone scale is made up of 6 notes, each a whole step apart. Therefore, there are only 2 whole tone scales, each services six notes.

3. Play the whole tone scale horizontally in the key of G. (G-A-B-C#-D#-F-G) on the G-string.

4. Move up a fret and play the whole tone scale starting on the Ab and you have the other whole tone scale. Refer to the notation and fret board visual on the following pages for suggested variations on how to play this scale all over the fret board.

5. The augmented arpeggio is derived from the whole tone scale. The formula is 1-3-#5. In the key of G, the notes of the augmented arpeggio or chord are G-B-D#.