Piano Chords: SUSPENDED CHORDS (sus4 & sus2)

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Let's talk sus chords! These little gems are awesome piano chords and provide a very modern sound.


In this piano tutorial, we talk about sus chords, sus4 & sus2. Sus is short for suspended and they are neither major or minor. If you ever see a 'sus' with no number, this is normally referring to a sus4.

To play a sus chord you have to omit the 3rd and replace it with either the 2nd or 4th.

Suspended chords are unresolved chords, meaning they want to go somewhere else for a resolution. There are many ways to resolve these chords, but some the most common ways are to either resolve down to the 5th below, or just lower/raise the 2nd/4th back to the 3rd.

If you have any questions, just leave a comment below!


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If you guys have any questions, just leave a comment below :)

Author — PianoPig

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You can't ever catch me slippin playing sus chords. That's sus bruh.

Author — Bryson J

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Excellent. Straight to the point and no droning on forever, thanks man.

Author — Mark Mccarrell

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This is exactly the information I needed and right to the point. Much appreciated.

Author — Iris L

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I feel like my eyes have been opened to a whole new world. I can actually understand what chords in guitar is too

Author — Ding_ Dong

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I love how you showed how to incorporate it into chord progressions. Very helpful, very awesome.

Author — Christina Morris

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Very helpful even to me as a beginning 63-year-old ukulele player who took many piano lessons as a child. I’m often helped by picturing piano keys in my mind.

I really appreciate the graphical highlighting you do to make it clear which keys you are using!

Author — Larry Kraft

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THANK YOU. I’ve never understood what a sus chord is! This is such a big help, I appreciate how you teach this.

Author — Logical Loving

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I've learned so much from you....thank you

Author — ryan garrett

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I just watched this whole playlist taking notes for myself. Thank you so much! I needed this not for playing the piano, but for figuring out the chords on the harp :)
You helped me a lot with these short yet super informative lessons. Love it!

Author — Jasmine G

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Thanks. Although i'm kinda aware of these things, a lesson like this is always welcome :)

Author — Gabriel Cristescu

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This is amazingly informative and concise. Thank you!

Author — ascotia

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Dude, you are such a great teacher. I just watched the whole chords for beginners playlist back to back, took practically no time at all, and feel fully confident in building chords from here on. It might take me a few seconds if you said one to me, but you gave all the building blocks in such an easily understandable way. Thank you so much.

Author — Me Vitalized

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much appreciated . this playlist taught me the basics in minutes which school took years to teach, , thanks a lot man

Author — Kunal Ahuja

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Great tutorials! You explain everything really well. Keep up the good work. :)

Author — Matty England

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The excellence of your videos are the fact that they are “bite sized”, easy to digest even for me.

Author — CEverett

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Thanks for making this tutorial. Best one so far! Please make more

Author — Gloria Lin

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I have a question. How do you just play different rhythms when play two different chords? My teacher tells me but it just doesn't make any sense. Is there any videos or if you have any explanation of how to do these things.

Author — 0 2

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Wow this is helpful for guitarists like myself too! Thx

Author — Honourable Viking

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Thanks for the tutorial, it was really helpful! Just wondering- what chord does it make when I play the notes g, a and c together?

Author — nonny