Why do we use the suspended chord on the guitar? Because they sound cool!
Okay, so apart from the obvious (!) let’s talk about the suspended chord a bit more. For starters, why is it called suspended? Suspended chords have no third in them – we’ve “suspended” the third and added a fourth, or sometimes another note instead.
Typically, guitar chords need a root note, or I, and major or minor third (III), and a fifth (V) in order to be considered a chord. You can have additional notes in chords as well, but those are the basic requirements for a chord. Suspended chords nuke the third, and replace it with another note, which makes them unique.
As such, you can use a suspended chord in place of either a major or minor chord.
In the short video below, Colin will explain some of this, and show you a few different versions of the suspended chord.
The Suspended Chord on Guitar:
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Suspended chords are really helpful in accenting or adding in some cases a drone like effect to your chord pattern. Some people use it to accentuate whatever chord and others take it further and use it for the beginning of a ‘walk up’ or down pattern. Also a great fingerpicking addition. thanks for the post!