Thursday, 1 April 2010

G sus2

Hendrix Chords

The next chord in our Jimi Hendrix chords mini series at Guitar Chord of the Day is a sus2 chord. Jimi used this chord lots, you can here it being slide up and down the fretboard at the beginning and end of Castles Made of Sand from his second album Axis: Bold As Love released in 1967, it's also used in Little Wing and many other Jimi songs.
G sus2 Hendrix Guitar Chord
Gsus2 hendrix chord

This chord demonstrates another common technique that Jimi used: fretting notes with his thumb, as you can see in the photo at the top of the page.

Sus2 chords have no 3rd in them (the sus stands for suspended), they're neither major nor minor though Jimi usually used them in place of major chords. Because they're neither major or minor they can often be played instead of either.

Sus2 chords use these degrees of the major scale: 1, 2, 5

G sus2 uses the notes: G, A, D

Our inversion uses the notes in this order: G, G, D, A

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