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Chord Clinic

Hard on the heels of last month’s sus2 and sus4 work-out we move onto added 11ths and ninths. ROD FOGG goes up the octave…


In a Csus2 chord you have the notes C, D and G, and the second, D, is ‘suspended’, taking the place of the major third, E, usually found in the major triad of C, E and G. Cadd9 also includes the note D, though we think of it as shifted up an octave to become the ninth, but unlike the sus2 chord it retains the third in the chord; C, E, G, D, for example. Check out figure 1 for examples of these chords.

It’s the same with sus4 and add11 chords. The sus4 takes the place of the third, giving you C, F and G. The add11 is added on top of the existing root, third and fifth, making C, E, G and F. Added notes such as ninths and elevenths are conventionally viewed as coming from the upper octave, but nowadays Cadd2 and Cadd4 are becoming more common and it is now okay to ignore the ‘up the octave’ rule. Being sticklers here at Chord Clinic we’ve stuck with add9 and add11.

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