LEARNING TO BE CREATIVE WITH MAJOR7 SUS2 SUS4 CHORDS
In this course for the advancing guitarist, Ross Baird shows the power of development. By using his song “Heading Home” and applying Major7 Sus2 and Sus4 chords, you will see how it transforms how you hear the music.
These new chordal textures are not hard to play, but understanding how they are created and how you can use them in vitally important. Ross looks to teach you in a way that means you can apply the concepts across all your playing.
WHY ARE SUSPENDED (SUS2 & SUS4) CHORDS SO POPULAR?
Once you begin to develop as a guitarist and musician, it won’t be long before you come across the suspended chord. Sus chords are very popular with guitarists. They are easy to play and remember, they look close to the major/minor the can resolve to. They sound almost ethereal or mystical (more on this later). So what are they and why do they sound like this?
HOW ARE THESE CHORDS CREATED?
First of all, the construction of a suspended chord is easy to understand if you have worked through Ross’s scale lesson video open string scales in five keys. A major or minor triad consists of three notes. The notes used are the root, third and fifth regardless of chord type re major/minor. When you suspend a chord, you replace the third with the fourth of the scale. What this does in a sonic sense is that the chord is now no longer major or minor. It’s almost suspended in musical mid-air. It can be heard as wishing to be resolved by playing the respective major or minor chord of the same root. In many musical styles, this never happens.
AND THEN WHAT?
Once you learn some of these chords, why not play and imagine something quite mystical. For example, flying over a mountain range with mist floating over trees, or through space. As odd as this sounds, with sus 4 and sus 2 chords you will get the idea.
MAJOR SEVENTH CHORDS
We don’t want to steal Ross’s thunder re major seven chords. It’s best to watch the video. These are really wonderfully sounding concepts and this lesson is always very popular. We know that you’ll enjoy this lesson on major7 sus2 sus4 chords but please check out our other courses on the How To Play Guitar page.
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