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Chord Clinic

Throwing a suspended chord into the mix is a great way to add movement to a major chord sequence. ROD FOGG sees if he can handle the suspense…

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There is probably still plenty of mileage left in the good old open C major chord but many artists try to add interest and movement to open string chord sequences by using suspensions. There are two kinds of suspension, normally shortened to ‘sus’; sus2 where the third of a major chord is lowered a whole tone, and sus4 where it is raised a semi-tone.

Taking a look at figure 1 you can see that in the first chord, Csus4, the note F on the D string is the fourth above the root; hence the ‘4’ underneath the diagram where we spell out note names and intervals. We get the F by raising the third, E, a semitone, and it resolves back down to E in the next chord, C major. The third diagram uses the open D string to bring the sus2 into the chord, and ideally you should play the C major chord again after that, giving you a four chord sequence.

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