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Country Vocals Lessons: Chords & Intervals - Suspensions

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The next chord I want to introduce
is really just an addition of another note
into a triad that we
would call a suspension,
which means that you don't
play the third of the triad.
Here's the triad, but instead of playing
this third you would
suspend the third by either
raising it a half step to
the fourth note of the scale.
So it went from the third which
was an E to the fourth note
of the C scale which is the F.
So you can hear that it sounds like
it's not quite resolved,
like there's something
that still has to happen,
and it's because you're used to hearing
the third in the middle of that triad.
So, it's called a suspension
because it's suspending your
expectation being met of the third
being played to complete the triad.
Another suspension that's really
commonly used in pop music and
country music is
the suspension of the two,
where you've got the one,
the root, and instead of the three,
the two, so
in the key of C that would be the D.
One two, no third at all, and the fifth.
Very familiar.
It's that
Who song.
Really common chord found in pop and
country music.
So, you've got a suspended four.
A four,
sometimes it's referred to as a four sus.
Short for suspension, four sus.
Or a suspended two, a two sus.
In G for example, the triad would be G,
B, D, root, third, fifth.
But if we suspend the third and
play a sus 4, a G sus four.
It sounds like that.
If we resolve it and
play the G triad it sounds like this.
That's the four sus.
In G triad, let's suspend to the two now.
So instead of the third, let's play the A,
which is the the second note
of the G scale, so the two.
That's going from
the sus two to the triad.