Sus Chords For Jazz Piano
In this lesson we are going to look at Sus chords. We have used Sus voicings in many of the jazz standard tutorials and I’ve received some requests to do a dedicated lesson on this type of chord.
‘Sus’ is shorthand for ‘suspended’ and it refers to the 4th which is said to be ‘suspended’ in the chord. Generally speaking, a Sus chord can be defined as a dominant chord where the major third is replaced by the perfect fourth a half step higher. However, you can also voice a Sus chord with both the major 3rd and the suspended 4th.
We start the lesson by recapping the basic theory behind Sus chords and then look at them in context of major and minor 251 progressions. Throughout the lesson we will be applying these voicings to examples in jazz standards so that you understand the application in a practical context.