Free Guitar Chord pdfs of Suspended (Sus) Chords
A logical next step after learning basic major and minor chord shapes and 7th chords is to learn suspended chords. But what are they? Chord triads are made up of 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the scale that they come from. A suspended chord does NOT have a 3rd.
In place of the 3rd, either a 4th or a 2nd note are substituted. Those notes sound to be “suspended” and are often notes that are held over (suspended) from a previously played chord. That’s where the “suspended” name comes from. Below are free downloads of Suspended (sus) chords.
- FREE – SUSPENDED (SUS) CHORD SHEET IN OPEN POSITION – Turn guitar chords that you know into suspended (sus) chords.
There is another type of chord that is good to learn and one that’s often used – Major 7th guitar chords.
Free Guitar Chord pdfs of Major 7th Chords
What’s the Difference Between a 7th and a Major 7th Chord?
If you take a major scale and play the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of that scale, this is what we call a major triad.
It you then play the 7th note together with the major triad, you are playing a Major 7th chord. This has a totally different sound and feel from what we usually just call a 7th chord. Those 7th chords are made up of a 1st, 3rd, 5th and a flat 7th. The 7th note is NOT in the major scale.
- FREE – MAJOR 7TH CHORDS IN OPEN POSITION – Major 7th chords playable in 1st position
- FREE – SIMPLE POWER CHORDS – By the classical definition of a chord, a power chord is not really a chord. A chord should have three or more notes. A power chord has only two, most often a 1st and a 5th played together. Sometimes an octave of one of the notes is also played but octaves and unison notes are not counted as being another chord tone. The pdf download uses mostly 1st and 5th intervals except for the occasional 6th interval. These are the old Chuck Berry style of power chord.
- Guitar in Real Time: Level Two (2nd Edition) – This book contains all of the chord types shown here with examples and FREE play-along backing tracks for the book are available on guitarinrealtime.com
If you want FREE pdfs of the major, minor, dominant 7th and minor 7th chords it’s here: