7TH CHORD UPPER-STRUCTURES & SUBSTITUTIONS FOR DOMINANT CHORDS:
PART II: Sus7 Chords
This is the long-awaited Part II, where we will take a look at those chords that may still be used either as Upper-Structures or as Substitutions for a C7, but particularly conveying the sus7 sound.
To achieve the sus7 flavor we will need to include the note F (the 4th, aka the suspension) in our upper-structure.
A quick comment: it is important to understand that we cannot have both the 3rd AND the 4th of C7 in the upper-structure if we want to make the resulting chord a true sus7 chord!!! If we had both the notes E and F, the chord would then be a C7(11) which is not a real sus chord, nor a particularly praised sound... This is why I omitted FMaj7 over C7 for example-- even though it is diatonic to F Major.
I will devote a whole essay on the sus chord at some point, but for now, here is our list of arpeggios to be played over a Csus7:
bII: DbMaj7, DbMaj7(b5), Db+Maj7
II: Dm7, Dm7(b5), DmMaj7, DdimMaj7
IV: F7, F+7, Fm7, Fsus7
bV: F#mMaj7, F#dimMaj7, F#Maj7, F#Maj7(b5), F#+Maj7
V: Gm7, Gm7(b5), Gsus7
VI: A+7, A+Maj7
bVII: Bb7, Bbm7, BbmMaj7, BbMaj7, Bbsus7
There are some really interesting sounds listed here, but I agree that some of them can take a while to get accustomed to... you may want to start with the less altered sus7 chords first. For instance, Gm7 over C:
Gm7/C = Csus7(9)
Here is another very consonant sus chord:
BbMaj7/C = Csus7(9 13)
A good way to sort through all of the Upper-Structures and Substitutions listed here would be to focus on those that contain both the P4 and the m7. How many can you find?
As always, I would be more than happy to hear back from you: so if you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!
and here are a few more articles I wrote on Sus Chords:
Sus Chords (Part I)
Sus Chords (Part II)
Pentatonics For The Sus7 Chord
IF YOU LIKED THIS ARTICLE, PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A SMALL DONATION :-)
YOU CAN CLICK THE PAYPAL BUTTON BELOW AND ENTER THE DESIRED AMOUNT FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION-- THANK YOU !
I am available for private lessons on SKYPE or FACETIME for more information on this topic, or on anything related to Jazz Guitar, Improvisation or Music Theory.
Click here for details.
See all topics from the Various Thoughts page.
Go to the Home page.
All Content © Bruno Pelletier-Bacquaert 2005 - 2015