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Adding Suspensions to Your Strumming

Christopher Sung (9641) · [archive]
Style: Acoustic/Folk · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3 4

So what the hell is a suspension anyway? Well, commonly, it's refers to when you take the 3rd of a chord and raise it one fret to the 4th of the chord. In this lesson, we'll take a look at three specific open major chords (E, A, and D), find the 3rd of these chords, raise it a fret (also known as a half step) and get its suspended chord. A suspended E chord is known as an ESus (and also an ESus4, I think). Using Sus chords helps make your strumming a bit more interesting than if you have just played the major chord.

In the example, below, we play the common open E major chord. Then we take the 3rd of the chord, the G# on the 3rd string, and raise it 1 fret to the A. The last measure lets you hear how it sounds in a typical strum.
Adding Suspensions to Your Strumming