Suspended chords.

Just a general question about labeling. A Sus3 chord would be a chord where the maj/min component was taken out, correct? And a Sus5 would be where the perfect fifth was taken out. Also Correct??

Thanks in Advance!

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Hi There,

I can't say I've heard of Sus3 and Sus5 chords, though that's not to say they don't exist. I think normally you would see sus2 or sus4, in which the third would be replaced by 2 or 4 respectively.


Aug 19, 2016

So do we have Sus9 and Sus11?

Aug 30, 2016

Sus refers to "Suspending the 3rd degree of the chord in question". You will replace the 3rd degree with either the 2nd or 4th degree. Csus2 has the notes: C, D, and G. Csus4 has the notes: C, F, and G.

You are not omitting the 3rd, you are replacing the 3rd with the 2nd or 4th degree, thus suspending the 3rd degree.

There are no Sus3 or Sus5 or Sus9 or Sus11 chords.

You could have a C7sus2 or C7sus4 if you want.

  • C7sus2 has the notes: C, D, G, Bb
  • C7sus4 has the notes: C, F, G, Bb.

If you want to omit the 3rd or 5th or 7th or 9th or 11th in a chord you can also do so:

  • C7(omit 3rd) or C7(no 3rd) - the notes would be C, G, and Bb
  • C7(omit 5th) - C, E, and Bb
  • Cmaj13(omit 7th) - C, E, G, D, F, A
  • Cm11(omit 9th) - C, Eb, G, Bb, F
  • Cmaj13(omit 11th) - C, E, G, B, D, A.

Though you may never come across those chords, the possibility is still there. :)

Sep 18, 2016

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