Friday, July 29, 2005


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Issue No. 16 �
'Secrets of Exciting Chords & Chord Progressions!'

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' Secrets of Exciting Piano Chords & Piano Chord Progressions!'

- Week 16 -
Chord Suspensions

Click to hear Duane walk you through chord suspensions

Suspensions are chords in which the 4th degree of the scale takes the place of the 3rd degree -- usually temporarily, but not always. For example, a Csus would look like this:

Fsus would look like this:

Gsus would look like this:

If we had a 7th chord that was suspended, such as G7sus, it would look like this:

So F7sus would look like this:

And C7sus would look like this:

It's just that easy. Replace the 3rd of the chord with the 4th, and you've got it! That's all there is to it.
Here's how these same chords look when notated:

Next time we'll investigate altered chords. See you then.
Meanwhile, be sure to review all the previous lessons -- from major triads to 13ths.

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