Piano Tricks; Learn about, Phat Chord Voicings, Piano Chords, Maj7, Maj9, and how they are used.

Many people have questions about what "Phat" Chord Voicings are.  Most of the time you are adding a 7th or a 9th note to the chord.  This video gives a pretty good explanation and example. Listen to the big difference a 9th note can make to a chord, and the different feel it gives to a song.

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A suspended chord (or a chord suspension) is usually made by holding one of the tones of a chord a tone higher, then resolving it to its resting place. This can be done with any tones of a chord, but one of the more common suspensions is to manipulate the third of the chord, by first playing the fourth, and resolving it to the third. So a C suspended chord has the tones of the root, the fourth and the fifth.
A C suspended chord of this type is often shown in chord charts as either a Csus or a C sus4. Sus4 means that the third is initially played as a fourth, and resolved to a third.
In real music, let us suppose you are playing a simple tune which uses three chords, C, F, and G, then returning to C. Try adding a little flavor to the mix: turn that final chord into two chords. Make it a suspended C chord, followed by a C chord.. Your chord progression would look like this: C - F - G - Csus - C. You can try this on a guitar or a piano.
Experiment with other suspended chords. Put them in places where you need a bit of emotion in your music. Might be just what you are looking for. Take a Christmas carol book (one that has chord symbols in it is good for this purpose), and try adding suspensions to dominant or tonic triads.
In the Key of C:
Sus 4 chords- Formed by raising the 3rd of the chord you are playing by a half step.
C-E-G is your basic major triad C chord. The E in bold is your 3rd. C-F-G: The F in bold is your suspended 4th. Notice that the distance between E to F is a half step. This chord now becomes your suspended 4th chord. If you play a I IV V progression, the IV is the best chord to play as a suspended 4th.
Sus 2 chords- Formed by lowering the 3rd of the chord you are playing by a whole step.
C-E-G This is your basic major triad C. The E in bold is your 3rd. C-D-G The D in bold is your suspended 2nd. Notice that the distance between E to D is a whole step. This chord now becomes your suspended 2nd chord. To a lot of pianists, a "suspended chord" sounds like something you would only do in jazz, but for others, it's a regular part of their melodic improvisation. Enjoy the formation of the chord and where to use suspended chords in your practice times.

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