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## Sus4 Triads As Upper Structures With Jens Larsen [Lessons]

By June 02, 2015

Sus4 chords are very handy structures to use as a variation from third based structures like triads and 7th chords. In this lesson I want to show how you can apply or find them when improvising on chords, and of course some suggestions on how to play them and examples of how I use them.

## Sus4 Chords

Let's first make a few interesting observations on sus chords. In example one you have inversions of an Asus4 triad on 3 sets of strings. Notice that the inversions are: A D E - Asus4 D E A - Dsus2 E A D - stack of 4th So we have sus4 = sus2 = stack of 4ths Let's just try and spot the structure in some chords voicings As you can probably see we the top 3 notes of each of these voicings are an Asus4 triad. There are more examples but the idea is clear. It is very practical to notice what the root of the sus4 triad is relative to the root of the chord (so on the G7 it is a sus4 triad from the 13) and to also figure out exactly what the notes are in relation to the chord (the E sus4 triad is 13(E), 9(A) and 3rd(B)). Let's have a look at some ways to play the arpeggios: These 4 examples are no where near all possible ways to play these arps, and you should spend a bit of time to check out what different ways to play the arps you can find and which ones suit you the best.

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