Magic with the SUS4 Chord
A suspended 4 chord (sus4) is formed by taking a major chord and replacing the third with a forth. The formula is therefore 1,4,5.
There’s a really neat trick to play these. We will use the F chord as an example but the pattern is easily moved up the neck to form all the other chords which will be shown later.
The trick involves using only a triad and adding just one finger to change the chord from the major to the sus4.
Here’s the example using the F major chord:
Play the major F triad as follows:
Your third finger should be on the root F note (forth string, third fret).
Your second finger should be on the A note (third string, second fret).
Your first finger should be on the C note (second string, first fret).
Just strike the three strings that are covered by your fingers. It should sound like a nice crisp F chord.
Next use your pinky to cover the third string third fret. This changes the A note to a Bb which changes the third into a forth.
Practice changing quickly from the F to the Fsus4 by just adding that pinky. Keep the other fingers in place behind it. Just play those three covered strings and keep practicing the change:
|| F / / / | Fsus4 / / / | F / / / | Fsus4 / / / | F / / / | Fsus4 / / / | F / / / ||
Play it as quickly and evenly as you can.
Now that you’ve got that down, move it up the neck to play all the other chords. Here’s the fret patterns:
F to Fsus4: xx321x to xx331x
F# to F#sus4: xx432x to xx442x
G to Gsus4: xx543x to xx553x
Ab to Absus4: xx654x to xx664x
A to Asus4: xx765x to xx775x
Bb to Bbsus4: xx876x to xx886x
B to Bsus4: xx987x to xx997x
C to Csus4: xx10-9-8x to xx10-10-8x
Db to Dbsus4: xx11-10-9x to xx11-11-9x
D to Dsus4: xx12-11-10x to xx12-12-10x
Eb to Ebsus4: xx13-12-11x to xx13-13-11x
E to Esus4: xx14-13-12x to xx14-14-12x
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