Chord Terms



So now you know the common chords - C A G E D. These are usually the first ones people learn when they start playing guitar. You know how to make a triad, made up of the root, it's 3rd and 5th. And at this point you should have a better understanding of where the notes fall on the fretboard and how they relate to each other.

Lets recap before going over some new terms.

A Major triad is made up of the root, the 3rd, and the 5th. (1-3-5) It is Major because there are two whole steps between the root note and the 3rd.

A minor is made up of the root, a flat 3rd, and the 5th. (1-b3-5) It is minor because there are only 1 1/2 steps between the root note and the 3rd.

Everything is related to the Major Scale.

Advanced Guitar Chords

Sus = Suspend the 3rd and replace with________.

So, C sus2 means to suspend the 3 note of the C triad and replace it with the 2. The triad then becomes a 1-2-5 or C, D, G. You are simply replacing the 3rd (E) with the 2nd (D).

Sus 2 = 1-2-5

Then what is a C sus4? Again suspend the 3 note of C and this time replace it with the 4. The result is C, F, G.

Sus 4 = 1-4-5

With a Major 6th or 7th chord, you are simply adding the 6 or 7 note to the triad. So C6 would have the notes C, E, G, and A.

C7 would have the notes C, E, G, and B.

Major 6th = 1-3-(5)-6

Major 7th = 1-3-(5)-7

Dominant 7th = 1-3-(5)-b7




Major = 1-3-5

minor = 1-b3-5

Sus 2 = 1-2-5

Sus 4 = 1-4-5

Major 6th = 1-3-5-6

Major 7th = 1-3-5-7

Dominant 7th = 1-3-5-b7