What is a Dsus chord

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Sus chords are especially common in pop music.

Sus is an abbreviation of 'ususpension'. What happens to the chord when you add sus - the third note in the scale - the second note in the chord - is flattened or a step raised.

There are sus2 and sus4 Chords. In the first case the note is flattened and in the second case it is raised.
The C chord consists of the notes C, E and G. In a Csus2 chord the E note changes to D and in a Csus4 the E note changes to F.

One more thing: sometimes the name of the chord is simply written as “Csus” without a 2 or 4. In this case, you should treat it as Csus4.

How do you use the Sus chords?

As always in music, there are many ways to go about things; a very common practice relating to these chords is to alternate between the original chord and the sus chord of the same root note. For example: D to Dsus and back to D.

A specific figure is: D - Dsus4 - D - Dsus2 - D

(This can be found in the intro to Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man".)

Another figure is: A - Asus2 - A - Asus4 - A - Asus2 - A.

(This riff can be heard in the Tom Petty song "Feel a Whole Lot Besser".)

You can try this combination to see how the Sus chords can work together with their original chord:

E - Esus4 - E - D - Dsus4 - D - A - Asus4 - A - E.

So if you are using sus chords, you are using sus chords along with a major chord. For a progression like Dsus4 - A - G, it gets better with a progression like D - Dsus4 - A - G.

The same case is that instead of G - A - Dsus4, you play G - A - D - Dsus4 - D

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