Points to Remember:
• Probably everyone has heard "suspended" chords in popular music. You can use them when you're "camping out" on an open chord for several beats in a song to add variety.
• To make the "sus4" chord, replace the 3rd of a chord with a 4th. (Go to this lesson to learn how basic chords are constructed.)
• To make a "sus2" chord, replace the 3rd with a 2nd.
• "Sus2" chords can also be called "add2," "add9" or "sus9" chords. (A "2" and a "9" are the same note in music theory; just one octave apart.)
• It's easy to make an Esus4 open chord, but hard to make an "Esus2" chord, since you can't lower the 3rd down two frets (or, a whole step).
• In order to play a Gsus4 open chord, you need to play a G chord with your third finger on the bottom E string. This allows you to use your first finger to play the sus4 note on the B string. Also: Mute the A string with the fat part of your third finger.
• Suspended chords have been used almost forever, but I especially remember them in the music of The Beatles and The Byrds.