Suspended chords  

 

 

 

     A SuS chord, short for "Suspended" chord, is a chord where the major 3rd of the chord is replaced with the 2nd or 4th degree of the scale. For example, the C major chord consists of the notes "C-E-G". To form a suspended 4th chord, you will replace the "E" note with the "F". Now you have "C-F-G".

 

 

 

 

 

                                                            Csus4

 

    To form the suspended 2 chord, you would play a chord consisting of the notes "C-D-G" The sound of a Sus chord sounds unresolved and is very useful when you have to play a major chord for an extended amount of time. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                              Csus2

 

 

     Below are examples of how to implement the Sus2 and sus4 chords in a musical phrase. The first example starts  in the key of C and later modulates  to the key of D. The second example simply uses the chords Csus2, Fsus2, and Gsus2.

 

 

Suspended Chords (1) PDF File

 

 

Suspended Chords (2) PDF File

 

Suspended chord example - Example 1
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Suspended Chord Exercise - Example 2
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