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Chordal Theory: Suspended Chords

Hector Merced (1816) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Advanced · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1

Suspended chords have no thrid, a suspended chord can have no third, instead it has a 4 or 2 in it's place, like so...

Sus2 = 1-2-5
Sus4 = 1-4-5

Make enough sense, but it get complicated, when you have sus7 chord, the 7th is flatted due to it's dominant nature, which I neglected to mention in the minor chord lesson. Here are few suspended chords that show this.

7Sus4 = 1-4-5-b7
9Sus4 = 1-4-5-b7-9
11Sus4 = 1-4-5-b7-9-11
13Sus4 = 1-4-5-b7-9-11-13

Now I'm pretty sure you've gotten the idea already, just remeber a sus can NEVER have a 3rd, if it does, it's another type of chord. Here's a 7Sus4 chord for you to have suspended taste.

C7Sus4