A sus 4 guitar chords
A - D - E
|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#|
|Chord Formula||1 - 4 - 5|
|Notes||A - D - E|
A sus 4 chords
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 |---|
- 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.