Creating sus4 Chords

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Ken Lehman - December 10, 2014 Reply

Great Lesson

Petaia Maimanuku - December 11, 2014 Reply

Great lesson. Excellent stuff. Just a question. So is the sus part of the name because the third is not going to sound anywhere in the chord and is completely replaced by the fourth? Because I have seen some chords called something then add 9th or something like that which I imagine would mean that all three original notes for the triad remain and the 9th is just added.

    jboettcher - December 12, 2014 Reply

    Hi Petaia, that's a great question.

    Yes, in the case of a suspended chord, the third is being replaced. In this particular example, it is being replaced with a fourth, though you can use other notes as well.

    In contrast to this, you could ADD a fourth if you wanted to - ideally in a different octave and then you'd have a Dadd4, and in that case you would still have the third included in the chord.

    So yes, you're correct.

Walter Peters - December 11, 2014 Reply

Thank You John - Nice notes - Nice Tones..........Thank You...............

Mike N Debra Revell - December 11, 2014 Reply

great stuff!

Nick Wasko - July 3, 2015 Reply

Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones, good example, great to hear it in use, then we might get a clearer idea, 'oh yeah I heard that before'. Any other songs, there are heaps that use that same pattern.

    jboettcher - July 3, 2015 Reply

    Yeah, too many to mention. I probably use it in 95% of all the songs I play on guitar. And of course, it should go without saying that this applies to the other chords as well, not just D...

Nick Wasko - July 3, 2015 Reply

Elton John, Bad Company, so many do it. Just an idea to show how the Sus4 is used. Interesting how such a small thing can be the signature part to a whole song. Tangled Up In Blue. etc.

gene whitcomb - July 4, 2015 Reply

good lesson , learned something. How can I get a eat, sleep, play guitar tee shirt?

    jboettcher - July 8, 2015 Reply

    Hi Gene, if you contact [email protected] we can get that setup for you. We don't have them available through the online store yet, but we could arrange that directly still.

Dan Mack - July 25, 2015 Reply

Hey Jonathan! It's always nice, while sitting in a hotel room on a layover with the airlline, to take a quality lesson. It sure beats flipping through useless and mindless TV. Keep up the good work and keep in touch.


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