TRIAD CONSTRUCTION
Before tackling this course, you should be comfortable with all the material from Sus2 Chords

For every Sus2 chord you'll come across, there will probably be a Sus4 chord not far away! As you may have guessed by the name, this is another suspended chord, except this time we use the fourth note of the scale, rather than the second.

Summary: Building a sus4 chord

As with all chords, we simply need to learn the formula to be able to build the chord. In the case of Sus4 chords, we are talking about suspended 4th chords. Suspended simply means that you take the 3rd note from a chord, suspend it (remove it) and replace it with a 4th note instead. Therefore, you get the formula 1st, 4th & 5th from the major scale. Here is an example:

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Augmented Chords

We now tackle one of the lesser used triad chords, the augmented chord. This chord tends to be used more in jazz than any other genre due to its unresolved sound and slight dissonance. Nevertheless, it is a triad chord, and one you should know!