A sus 4 guitar chords

A - D - E

The Theory

A suspended fourth can be written as Asus, or the more commonly used Asus4. Remember that all 'A' chords are derived from the A Major Scale.
A Major Scale A - B - C# - D - E - F# - G#
Key Signature key signature
Chord Asus, Asus4
Chord Formula 1 - 4 - 5
Notes A - D - E

The Charts

A sus 4 Chords

A sus 4 chords
Position 1st 2nd 2nd (alt) 3rd
Written Chord x02230 x07755 577755 x-0-7-9-10-10
Chord Notes x-A-E-A-D-E x-A-A-D-E-A A-E-A-D-E-A x-A-A-E-A-D
Chord Tabs
e |-0-|
B |-3-|
G |-2-|
D |-2-|
A |-0-|
E |---|
e |-5-|
B |-5-|
G |-7-|
D |-7-|
A |-0-|
E |---|
e |-5-|
B |-5-|
G |-7-|
D |-7-|
A |-7-|
E |-5--|
e |-10|
B |-10|
G |-9-|
D |-7-|
A |-0-|
E |---|
 

Notes

  • In the 3rd position, the chord is written x079-10-10. We separate any fret greater than 9 with a hyphen so as not to create confusion with double-digits, otherwise the chord above would be written x0791010... too confusing.
  • sus 4 chords are often used in all types of music. Whenever you play a major chord you always tend to add a sus4 and then back to the major chord, e.g., A - Asus4 - A, or D - Dsus4 - D etc. This tends to happen naturally when playing certain chords. The major chord to the sus4 creates a bit of tension, with a return to the major for resolution... works well.
  • Standard keys using the A sus 4 chord: A Major, D Major, F#m, and Bm. Each of the minor keys is the relative minor of the major keys, i.e., A/F#m, D/Bm. If you are playing songs in any of these keys, you may come across an Asus4 chord... generally played next to the A major or A7 chord.
  • Practice: If you want to practice playing a song with Asus4 chords, you could try I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz, or Danny Boy by Eric Clapton.
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