Chords That You Will ACTUALLY USE (Suspended)

There's no arguing that the color of a suspended chord is really cool, and when its added to a riff - the song (that its used in) can really stand out... 

In this post I'm going to run through a few examples of the use of suspended chords structured off of the root of "D." We'll study how this sound moves through both suspended second and fourth. Plus, we'll base the set-up of each suspended off of major 7th and major triad to hep better comprehend the way that the suspended operates.

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Just listen to Tom Petty's, "Free Fallin," or Rick Springfield's classic hit song, "Jessie's Girl." There's suspended chord harmony within those songs that really helps the affected parts stand out with the unique highlights of the suspended chords applied in the ways they are.

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SUSPENDED CHORDS:
In this lesson, I will be showing you some quick and easy ways to add the suspended 2nd and the suspended 4th sounds around a couple of common chord patterns.These patterns will be based off of both the open position, and also off of the 5th string as well. For these examples our "Root Note" will be that of a, "D."




Make a study of the various suspended chord patterns shown below. Each shape is unique and can be based upon either the "Major Triad," or off of the "Major 7."

5th Position /5th String Root:



Open Position:



You can use suspended chords in all kinds of different ways - essentially, if they sound good, then they're probably perfectly fine to apply in whatever ways that you'll want to use them. 

Keep in mind that these suspended chord types have no quality (they're neither major or minor). This means that their resolution will end up dictating the quality that they appropriate in the long run (i.e., how and where they get applied musically in your song).



So, have fun using these chords. Over time I'm quite sure that you'll dream up plenty of very cool ways to apply these chords musically!

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