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Variations Of The Open C Chord

You can use the variations that I’ll show you in this lesson to substitute the common open C chord. These chords can add color to your progressions- perfect for when you need to add a little spice. Use them sparingly, though! You don’t want to much of a good thing. Overuse can dull their impact.

We’ll learn Csus2, Csus4, Cmaj7, and C6.

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Fig. 4: Just Another C Chord

Fig. 5: C Suspended 2nd (C sus2)

Fig. 6: C Major 7th

major seventh chord refers to where the “seventh” note is a major seventh above the root (a fifth above the third note). This is more precisely known as the major/major seventh chord, and it can be written as maj7, M7.

Fig. 7: C6

In modern popular music, a sixth chord is any triad with an added sixth above the root.

Fig. 8: C Suspended 4th

When we add the 4th scale step we get what is called a suspended 4th chord, or C sus4. This adds dissonance and wants to resolve back to a C chord.

Fig. 9: C sus2

Just another C suspended 2nd chord.