The Dominant 7Sus4 Chord

The Dominant 7Sus4 Chord

The Dominant 7Sus4 Chord actually has a familiar sound because I think that’s it’s fundamentally the chord that was used to start “It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night” by the Beatles.  It’s formed by replacing the third of a dominant 7 chord with a forth.  The formula for the chord is therefore 1,4,5, b7.  Here’s an example using the G 7sus4 chord shape:  353533.  Barr your first finger across the third fret then grab the other two notes with your ring finger and pinky and give it a downward stroke and you will instantly hear the beginning to the Beatles tune.

 

The beauty of playing the chord this way on the guitar is that it is moveable.  You can play every 7sus4 chord now as follows:

 

E7sus4             020200
F7sus4             131311
F#7sus4           242422
G7sus4            353533
Ab7sus4          464644
A7sus4            575755
Bb7sus4          686866
B7sus4             797977
C7sus4             8 10 8 10 8 8
Db7sus4          9 11 9 11 9 9
D7sus4            10 12 10 12 10 10
Eb7sus4           11 13 11 13 11 11
E7sus4             12 14 12 14 12 12

Image Source: http://www.x-guitar.ru/A/g/chord_g7sus46.gif

 

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