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November 24, 2013 | Deciphering the "Sus" chord

We see this question frequently in some form or another in various message boards and it drives us crazy these aren't more clear, "What is a 'Sus' chord and how do I finger it?" They aren't just in jazz, they appear in pop, classical, and of course predominantly in Contemporary Christian, even unknowingly in bluegrass music.

There is a general confusion about the nomenclature, the difference between a Sus, a Sus7, and an add9. These are all unique and in individual contexts, interpreted slightly differently. We wrote about the nuances in an seven years ago in a MandolinSesions article, and if this remains unresolved in your vocabulary, the article may put you at rest.

Philosophically, not necessarily aurally.


We hope this answers a lot of questions for you

For a really good look under the hood, read article:
Jazz Mandology: Keeping in Suspense. A look at "Sus" chords and variations.

PDFs from the eight years of Jazz Mandology archive.

Posted by Ted at November 24, 2013 6:00 PM

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