Sus, Sus2, And Sus4 Chords In Music Explained

This video is based off my Youtube Music Channel. The original video below is titled Sus Chords Explained!

OK in music you have Sus Chords. I explained them before here and again here, but read this post first. You may be thinking to yourself that Sus Chords are too advanced, or sound too advanced. Well, they’re not…

In a chord we have a Root, 3rd, and 5th. These note create my chord.

So there’s 7 notes in a major scale, lets base everything off of a C major scale: So the notes are CDEFGABC

So if I were to build up a C Major chord I’d refer to the Root, 3rd, and 5th of the C major Scale – which is CEG.

C-D-E-F-G-A-B-C
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8

Notice how the Root, 3rd, and 5th is CEG. Making sense? No? Ok – hang on…

So here’s the Notes on Guitar applied to sightreading. Click on the image to make it larger:

Applying Notes to Guitar from Sightreading

Above the guitar is the staff notes. So point out the C-E-G and build that note up vertically. That there is a C major. now REPLACE the 3rd with a D (the Sus2) or an F (the Sus4) and just like that you now have a Sus2 (CDG) or Sus 4 (CFG) chord!

So if we were to apply this same concept to an F major Scale (F-G-A-Bb-C-D-E-F) then The Fsus 2 would be F-G-C and the Fsus4 would be F-Bb-C

So tonight I want you to make up your own Sus chords. And if you play trumpet, flute, or any instrument that doesn’t allow for multiple simultaneous notes then Arpeggiate them with this video lesson #1 and also study this video lesson #2.

-Walt

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