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


  • Esus4 chord diagram


  • Gsus4 chord diagram


  • Asus4 chord diagram


  • Bsus2 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 - E.

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

Flat and sharp suspended chords

Not so common are sus chords with root notes consisting of flat or sharp notes, but some it worth mentioning:

F#sus4: X03500
Ebsus4: X11344
Absus4: XX1124

Rare suspended chords

As a final, some rare variations in this chord family is presented:

D6sus4: XX0203
E6sus4: 002220
G6sus4: 330020

See also, 7sus4.