Sus2 chords

Sus2 chords are formed with the second note in the chord lowered one step. In addition to sus2 there is sus4, that is some more common. If you see instructions to play a chord like Esus or Asus it is usually not sus2 but sus4 chords. Sus2 is also often played exactly as add2 chords.

The shift from the original major chord to the sus chord is for the most part easily done. Below you can see that the difference from a major chord to its "sus2 version" is small:

c chord diagramcsus2 chord diagram
C major                                       Csus2

There are two differences: 1) on the fourth string the tone is lowered one step from E to D, 2) you don't play the highest open string because this is an E note. When shifting from C to Csus2 you only need to lift the long finger and you don't move the rest of the fingers.



  • Csus2 chord diagram


  • Dsus2 chord diagram


  • Esus2 chord diagram


  • Fsus2 chord diagram


  • Gsus2 chord diagram


  • Asus2 chord diagram


  • Bsus2 chord diagram

More chords

Sus4 chords (Csus4)
Barre sus chords


Esus2 and Fsus2 might be preferable playing as bar chords with Asus2 shapes. Gsus2 (which chord name more correctly is Gsus2/A as presented in the diagram) could also be played as 300033.

Chord construction

Csus2  x - C - D - G - C - x
Dsus2  x - x - D - A - D - F
Esus2  E - B - F# - B - B - E
Fsus2  x - x - F - G - C - F
Gsus2  x - A - D - G - D - G
Asus2  x - A - E - A - B - E
Bsus2  x - B - F# - B - C# - F#
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Csus2  C - D - G
Dsus2  D - F - A
Esus2  E - F# - B
Fsus2  F - G - C
Gsus2  G - A - D
Asus2  A - B - E
Bsus2  B - C# - F#
The intervals are 1 – 2 – 5

Chord progressions

The Tom Petty song "Feel A Whole Lot Better" makes use of sus chords in a riff:

A - Asus2 - A - Asus4 - A - Asus2 - A

The song also includes the chords E, F#m, B, Bm, D and G.

More examples of progressions including a sus2 chord:

Fmaj7 - Fsus2 - Fmaj7 - C - Csus2 - C - G

G - Gsus2 - G - Cadd2 - D

Dm - Dsus2 - Fmaj7 - Am7 - Csus2

Bm - Bmsus2 - Bm - Bmsus2 - F#m