Creating sus4 Chords

11 Responses to “Creating sus4 Chords”

  1. Ken Lehman December 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    Great Lesson

  2. Petaia Maimanuku December 11, 2014 at 4:51 am #

    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.

    • Jonathan Boettcher December 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm #

      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.

  3. Walter Peters December 11, 2014 at 12:11 pm #

    Thank You John – Nice notes – Nice Tones……….Thank You……………

  4. Mike N Debra Revell December 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    great stuff!

  5. Nick Wasko July 3, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    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.

    • Jonathan Boettcher July 3, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      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…

  6. Nick Wasko July 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    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.

  7. gene whitcomb July 4, 2015 at 2:14 pm #

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

    • Jonathan Boettcher July 8, 2015 at 11:52 am #

      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.

  8. Dan Mack July 25, 2015 at 5:42 am #

    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.


Leave a Reply