Sus Chords and Slash Chords are easier to identify by hearing than some other chords due to their unique qualities. We begin the lesson with a quick test on whether you can hear the sus chord in a progression.
This lesson is much more than just providing you with a definition of a sus and slash chord. In fact, I can achieve that right here – a sus chord (or sus4) is a major triad with its 3rd replaced with the 4th. So Csus is C F G as compared to the plain C triad of C E G.
A slash chord is a chord whose bass note is not the root of the chord. For example a chord like C/E is a slash chord and it requires you to play a C chord in the RH with an E note in the LH.
What this lesson covers is when to use a sus chord even if it doesn’t appear on the chord chart. Can you substitute a sus for any major chord in a song? What are the considerations? When do you use a sus as compared to a 2? And why use a slash chord when they often sound weaker than a chord with its root in the bass?
We’ll answer all the above questions plus much more. The end of the video includes 10 mins of me “free playing” and putting everything we’ve learnt so far into a progression. It’s time to get a pen and notepad and start jotting down tips as I explain a few of the ideas of getting the right mix.
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