In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play suspended chords. Suspended chords improve on the fullness and quality of the sound of your guitar. Essentially, it’s a chord in which the third is omitted, usually replaced with either a perfect fourth or a major second. The lack of a minor or a major third in the chord is what creates that open, full sound.
Some popular songs that feature suspended chords are ‘The Scientist’ by Coldplay and practically the every song ever written by the Goo Goo Dolls (that’s an exaggeration, but they’re huge fans of the suspended system). If you’re playing a solo acoustic gig and need to beef up your sound, try playing your chord progression using the suspended system.