ACOUSTIC BEGINNERS
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Sus Chords Part 1

Welcome to our second course on sus chords! During this second part of the course, we will learn a new set of sus chords and once agin explain how you can use and apply them into your own songwriting and composition. We also have an even trickier sus chord song ready to be mastered, so get those acoustic guitars at the ready! As always, take your time and have fun!

Summary: Esus & Asus chords

Let’s learn 3 more chord shapes for the sus chords relating to A and E major. They look like this:

Exercise: Moving chords

We will practise these shapes in the same way we practised the last shapes, by using the natural major chord between them. The chord chart and strumming pattern is as follows:

  • A /// Asus2 /// A /// Asus4 /// E /// Gsus4 /// E /// Esus4 ///
  • Repeat this pattern as many times as you need!

Summary: Fsus chords

Let’s learn the final two sus chord shapes based around F major. They look like this:

Exercise: Moving chords

We will practise these shapes in the same way we practised the last shapes, by using the natural major chord between them. The chord chart and strumming pattern is as follows:

  • F /// Fsus2 /// F /// Fsus4 ///
  • Repeat this pattern as many times as you need!

Summary: Sus chord song 2

Our second sus chord song is a classic pop rock usage of the sus chord alongside major chords. The song requires a good understanding of how to add the sus chords into your rhythm patterns as melody notes, so will take a bit of good old fashioned practice! Be sure to watch the entire song above and then move onto the lesson in the next video.

Summary: The verse & intro

We will look at the intro and verse part in this lesson, and to start with we need to learn the rhythm pattern. The pattern is essentially just the universal rhythm pattern except we also add in the sus chord movement. On the "2 and" beat you add the sus chord. Also, you can remove the sus chord on the "4 and" beat so that you can change the chord. The rhythm pattern is as follows:

The chord chart

Here are the chords in order for the intro and verse sections, which is all you need to worry about for the moment!

  • The Intro
  • A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 /
  • Verse One
  • A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / E / Esus4 / E / Esus4 /
  • Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A (///)

Materials: Song Tab

Below, you will find a link to the full chord chart in tab format. You only need to worry about the verse parts at the moment. Focus on getting the movement between the major and the sus chord in the right place.

Summary: The chorus

We will now take a look at the chorus and then piece the entire song together. During the chorus, the chord chart moves to a simpler, one chord per bar pattern with a far easier strumming pattern. The strumming pattern now moves to all downstrokes and dynamically shifts to a softer sound. Through the rest of the chorus, the strumming gradually gets louder and louder as you bring up the dynamics. Here is the full chord chart of the song, including the chorus part we are now learning.

  • The Intro
  • A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 /
  • Verse One
  • A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / E / Esus4 / E / Esus4 /
  • Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A (///)
  • Verse Two
  • A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / E / Esus4 / E / Esus4 /
  • Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D /
  • Chorus One
  • Fsus2 /// F /// Fsus4 /// F /// Fsus2 /// F /// Fsus4 /// F ///
  • Csus2 /// C /// Csus4 /// C /// Csus2 /// C /// Csus4 /// C ///
  • Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A (///)
  • Verse Three
  • A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / E / Esus4 / E / Esus4 /
  • Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D /
  • Chorus Two
  • Fsus2 /// F /// Fsus4 /// F /// Fsus2 /// F /// Fsus4 /// F ///
  • Csus2 /// C /// Csus4 /// C /// Csus2 /// C /// Csus4 /// C ///
  • Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / Gsus2 / G / Dsus2 / D / A / Asus4 / A / Asus4 / A (///)

Materials: The Tab

Below, you will find a link to the full chord chart in tab format. This will help you gradually piece the song together and also allows you to slow the song down as much as you like. As well as the video file on the tab, there are audio files that allow you to focus in on the guitar without the vocals and other guitar parts.

Audio: Sus chord song tracks

Just as with the tab above, you can also find the audio tracks here to play along to. These are all at full speed so make sure you have practised with the tab version before trying these. Good luck!

Ready to move on? Remember to check out every lesson in this unit first – then try the next unit...

Travis Picking Part 1

The technique is all about keeping a moving bass line with your thumb and melody notes with the fingers, so it is pretty challenging! However, we will break it down nice and slow for you and apply everything we learn to a cool folk song!