In the diagram below you will see the printed symbol for the chord, such as C, which is what you will encounter in popular sheet music. Underneath are alternate printed names (and symbols, such as triangles, etc.) such as C maj7, that pop musicians have devised, and which may appear in sheet music depending on the age of the printed sheet music you are using.
The C sus chord is like a C chord with the middle key moved up (right) one key. This same chord may use a variety of chord symbols in sheet music, such as C sus, C7sus4, and C7sus4. It has a pleasing but incomplete or introductory, unresolved quality.
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Use the virtual piano keyboard below to get the flavor of the C sus chord, also called simply "C sus."
Use your computer's mouse to click and play the piano keys below that are marked X at the top of the key.
Play the keys marked with Xs in quick succession, from left to right, so the sounds blend together.
Remember to turn your computer's speaker(s) on.
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The C sus chord has a bright but unresolved and unstable sound
Here's a fun chord game. Make up your own song using the Xs in a different order. Use mostly the Xs, but sometimes include other white and black keys. Most songs are based on the notes of chords, with other notes occasionally appearing. Have fun: there is no wrong answer.
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Click on the chord name. Chords are organized according to the symbols that you will see in popular sheet music. This is a beginner's list that covers chords through the 7th chord, such as C7. For more complex chords, such as C9, see the Chord Substitution List. Beginners are advised to learn chords through the seventh chord (such as C7) before venturing further into complex chords.