Sus4 chords

Sus4 chords are formed with the second note in the chord raised one step. In addition to sus4, there is sus2. In the case nothing more than "sus" is mention, like for example Dsus, it is normally sus4 that is intended. See also common sus chords.

The sus4 chord is very close to the original major chord because only one note is changing. A comparison of C major and Csus4:

c chord diagramcsus4 chord diagram
C major                                       Csus4

There are two differences: 1) on the fourth string the tone is raised one semi-step from E to F, 2) you don't play the highest open string since this is an E note. When shifting from C to Csus4 you only need to add the little finger (4) and you don't move the rest of the fingers.



  • Csus4 chord diagram


  • Dsus4 chord diagram


  • Esus4 chord diagram


  • Fsus4 chord diagram


  • Gsus4 chord diagram


  • Asus4 chord diagram


  • Bsus4 chord diagram

More chords

Sus2 chords (Csus2)
7sus4 chords (C7sus4)
Barre sus chords

Chord construction

Csus4  x - C - F - G - C - x
Dsus4  x - x - D - A - D - G
Esus4  E - B - E - A - B - E
Fsus4  x - x - F - Bb - C - F
Gsus4  G - x - D - G - C - G
Asus4  x - A - E - A - D - E
Bsus4  x - B - F# - B - E - F#
Guitar versions of the chord

Notes in chord

Csus4  C - F - G
Dsus4  D - G - A
Esus4  E - A - B
Fsus4  F - Bb - C
Gsus4  G - C - D
Asus4  A - D - E
Bsus4  B - E - F#
The intervals are 1 – 4 – 5

Chord progressions

A common practice is to alter the major with a sus chord, like D - Dsus4 - D.

In the Tom Petty tune "Free Fallin'" a certain chord progression is used in a big part of the song:

D - Dsus4 - D - Asus4

Another progression with sus4 chords is this one:

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

It is rather common to use the sus4 in the end of the verse to anticipate the chorus, a so-called imperfect cadence. One example of this can be found in the verse of "I Will Survive":

Am - Dm - G - Cmaj7 - Fmaj7 - Bm7b5 - Esus4 - E

This progression uses the suspended chord for the transition:

E - Esus4 - F#m11 (202200)

Alternative chord shapes

There are some other alternative and rather common ways to plays some of the suspended chords which are presented here:

Csus4: X33011
Dsus4/G: 300033
Esus4: 002200

Note, that Dsus4/G is identical with Gsus2.

Sus chords with sharp or flat root

F#sus4 / Gbsus4

  • Gbsus4 chord diagram

G#sus4 / Absus4

  • Absus4 chord diagram

A#sus4 / Bbsus4

  • Bbsus4 chord diagram


F#, G# and A# sus4 uses the same shape as Fsus4 (see above). The same shape can, of course, be used for C# and D# sus4 also.

Other flat and sharp suspended chords shapes

Not so common are sus chords with root notes consisting of flat or sharp notes, partly because the shapes often are inconvenient. Here are nevertheless some additional examples:

C#sus4 / Dbsus4: 444XXX
D#sus4 / Ebsus4: X11344
F#sus4/A: X03500
Absus4: XX1124

The connection between sus4 and add4

The sus4 and add4 chord types are similar, but the difference is that sus chords include three notes whereas add4 chords include four notes:

Csus4 (C-F-G) - Cadd4 (C-E-G-F)
Dsus4 (D-G-A) - Dadd4 (D-F#-A-G)
Esus4 (E-A-B) - Eadd4 (E-G#-B-A)
Fsus4 (F-Bb-C) - Fadd4 (F-A-C-Bb)
Gsus4 (G-C-D) - Gadd4 (G-B-D-C)
Asus4 (A-D-E) - Aadd4 (A-C#-E-D)
Bsus4 (B-E-F#) - Badd4 (B-D#-F#-E)

A moveable shape is 113211 (Fadd4).

See also, 7sus4.

Back to sus chords