Suspended Chords and Suspended 7th, 9th and 13th Chords

All forms of suspended chords should be in your jazz theory and jazz arranging vocabulary. Suspended chords are used in a variety of ways and, when used in reharmonization of a tune, they work great for helping to delay resolutions and they help promote nice inner voice movement as well. Suspended chords have a unique sound that is used in a variety of jazz styles.

This video will show you how to construct simple and more advanced suspended chords. It will also show you how to notate suspended chords as chord symbols, and how to “voice” a suspended chord for 5 instruments that sounds great.

Download sus chord practice sheet here

Download sus chord answers here
(after you have done the practice sheet.  Please note: there is not one correct answer to the voicings, just the most probable one)

8 thoughts on “Suspended Chords and Suspended 7th, 9th and 13th Chords”

  1. How about a course on how to voice a chord for full big band instrumentation. That would help a lot. How and when to know to dove tail, etc.
    Thank you

  2. Gerald…thanks for pointing that out. I did it fast and missed that. The C9sus answer would be from bottom to top: C, F, Bb, G. So the bottom voices would be in 4ths with melody on top.

  3. Steve, I will get to that as we go along. I have to start basic, and there are alot of basics to cover. What I will do is do different videos on how different writers would voice a chord for full big band, i.e. Sammy Nestico, Thad Jones, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Mcneely, etc.

  4. Hello Jim. As you see I’m reading archived lessons, but I’m unable to see the videos. Are they online somewere? or they aren’t avaiable anymore?
    Thank you very much !!

  5. Videos should show in all the lessons. Be sure you have an updated version of Flash. What browser are you using?

  6. I also would like to see some examples and discussion regarding how to voice a chord for a big band. Voice leading tendencies, blending, color creation, cross sectional voicings the why, how and effectiveness of it all.

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