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February 9th, 2020

[Retweeting a reply to the video about immediately wanting to use the "pre-landing Blackadder-ization" trick:] An amazing technique you can use right away with one simple trick! No harm in knowing it...

The subject matter's more complex than last time, but I absolutely wanted to touch on the symmetry (?) of augs... Such interesting chords augs are.

I truly don't know music theory, so I dunno why doing this makes it sound nice, but it's sort of like tricks you learn. Pre-landing!

Music is fun! Music is fun, huh?!

I've realized that the majority of the step-too-far augs I use may fit this pre-landing formula...

A second aug lecture for people who don't really get music theory, by a people who doesn't really get music theory. #Dominowns #AugsAreAugsome #OSTERLectures

Watch with English captions here! (Original Twitter video)
[Click here to switch to do-re-mi-style notation.]

I don't really get music theory, but I like the chords called augs (augments), so this video is me doing my best to explain them. 2

C, E, G... What determines the nuances of chords is the intervals between notes! (AKA how far apart they are.)

C... +4 is E! The distance between C and E is 4. E... +3 is G! The distance between E and G is 3.

C (C E G), E (E G# B), G (G B D), A (A C# E), C (C E G)! As long as the C E G trio maintain this distance, they'll sound about the same no matter what worlds (key signatures) they travel to, but the notes that make them up change each time.

Incidentally... Even you swap the octaves of the notes making up a chord, it sounds roughly the same. (People call this inversion.) (examples show two instances of a chord, but with the second one swapping one or more of the notes to different octaves) Apparently what order you stack the notes in is called the voicing...

With all of that in mind, if we examine the structure of augs... C... +4 is E! The distance between C and E is 4. E... +4 is G#! The distance between E and G# is also 4. G#... +4 is C! Going up 4 half-tones from G# comes back to C!

When augs are inverted, wherever you start counting from, the distance between notes is always 4! In other words, Caug, Eaug, and G#aug are all constructed with the same notes! (They're just swapping with each other - Caug (C E G#), Eaug (E G# C), G#aug (G# C E), Caug (C E G#))

By the way, when we looked at step-too-far augs last time (Caug/D), it seems there are various ways to explain the slash note (this note, the "/D")... But personally, I'm in the... (counting up from C: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9!) Ahhh! The ninth nooote!! camp.

Well, anyway, the point is that since they're just swapping to the top like this, you can write them in a variety of ways. (All the same note makeup: Caug/D, Eaug/D, G#aug/D, Caug/D...) And while these chords may have a complex sound, they're super easy to use!

Even in isolation, they have a fancy sound, so you can create tricky effects just by moving them in parallel like missiles. (Or if not "fancy," like, they make a mysterious and thrilling approach...) (barrage of chords) It sounds super complex, but it's all just going voom, voom moving Blackadder Chords around... Simple, right?

When I want to add some flair to the flow of the song, my go-to is the bassline pre-landing formula. (The heck is that...)

In this section, focus on the bassline. The bass starts at C... and lands at F. (Bass: C... F...) This time, let's try having it arrive at a half-tone-up F# before it reaches F. (Bass: C... F# (the pre-landing!!!), F...)

Even just doing that is kinda interesting! But let's try stacking a Blackadder Chord onto that pre-landing F# to make it fancy. (C, Csus4, C, Eaug/F# (pre-landing aug), FM7... etc., pointing out other pre-landing augs in red as it goes)

Since it's so easy to do, it can get repetitive if you overdo it. But it's a relatively simple way to make fancy stuff, so may ye try it out! (Not really sure why, but this part (D/E, Ddim/E (?)) seems extra fancy...)

Feels so OSTER-like to add flavor with syncopation... (Dm7-5/G - love this one) (pre-landing aug: Baug/C#)

I'm a multimedia creator, so I make meals too.

Going with a video further explaining augs.

What the heck should I explain next...? A supplement on augs? Or flat fives?

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