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The Stradella bass accordion can play a lot of chord types, but some are pretty much in the “oh, that's hard” catagory. Suspensions fit this catagory.
A suspension is a chord which is used in many different styles of music to create a tension or disonance. It is usually resolved after a few beats into the third.
There are two suspended chords you will find in sheet music: A sus2 or sus4. In both cases the third of the chord is omitted and replaced by the second or fourth. A suspended second replaces the third with the second; the suspended fourth replaces the third with the fourth. The sus2 is much less common than the sus4 and it is common to omit the “4” when notating the sus4.
So, what buttons do I push?
- Using the bass notes F, C and G (all in the same row, easy!) will give a “correct” Csus (same as a Csus4) chord. If you are doing a bass pattern try alternating a single C with a combined F and G.
- The bass notes F, C and D (just skip the G) gives a Csus2. Again, alternate between C and F plus D for a lighter sound.
- A C bass note in combination with a Bb major button (almost) returns a C9sus4 (aka C9sus) chord. This works since we are looking for the notes C, D, G, Bb and F. The Bb and D are the seventh and ninth and Bb major is Bb, D and F. The missing G is the fifth which we don't care much about anyway.
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|This page was last modified on 2023-10-10