Want to learn a new guitar chord that sounds awesome and is easy to play? Try this sus2 guitar chord shape, and see how it can spice up tired old chord progressions. It’s also a very inspiring chord to use when writing new songs. Let’s get started!
Here’s a photo of the sus2 chord being played:
This chord is a ‘movable’ chord shape. This means you can play it up and down the neck to play a sus2 chord with any root note. Just position the blue note (see the diagram) over the note on the neck you want the root note to be.
For example, play it at the 5th fret (so the blue note on the diagram is over the D on the 5th string, 5th fret) for a Dsus2.
How To Play The Sus2 Guitar Chord
The only (slight) problem you might encounter when playing his chord is keeping the 6th (lowest) string quiet. You should aim to mute the string with the tip of your 1st (index) finger.
You could also try simply avoiding the lowest string when strumming the chord.
A mixture of both works the best.
You can also play this chord using the 3rd and 4th fingers where the 2nd and 3rd fingers appear on the diagram. The photo below shows the chord being played with the alternative fingering.
I find the alternative fingering slightly easier to play, but less versatile.
When using the first fingering it’s easier to add the 4th finger in order to change the sus2 into either a sus4 or a standard major chord. This can add variation to your rhythm guitar parts.
Try moving the sus2 up and down the fretboard to make new chord progressions. It has a nice ‘open’ sound that I find quite inspiring.
Sus2 Chord Example Chord Progression
Once you are confident playing the sus2 chord, try playing this example chord progression. It sounds great with a fairly slow tempo, and a powerful, folky, strumming pattern.
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