# Excuse me, but what is the difference between sus4 and...

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by MicceO, Dec 22, 2004.

Aug 12, 2004
...P4?

2. ### jeff schmidtno longer red carded, but my butt is still sore.

Aug 27, 2004
Novato, CA
Perfect 4th is an interval between two notes and sus4 is a chord voiced in a way so the 4th doesn't sound like an "avoid" note.

3. ### Lyle Caldwell

Sep 7, 2004
Memphis
The fourth is "suspended" and wants to resolve to the major third. You'll also see sus 2 chords which also want to move to the major third.

See any Byrds song for reference.

4. ### MicceO

Aug 12, 2004
Thanks for your reply, but I'm afraid I'm even a bit more confused (but that's only because of my limited knowledge of theory)

So, perhaps I try to be more precise and tell the backround of this question.

I have a Fowler fingerboard book and there was a picture of a fingerboard where there was: root, m3, M3, sus4, d5, P5 and a5. This was the starting point where he started to explain something that I've not read yet.

So, I was surprised to see sus4 next door to R, as I've always thought it's P4 who resides there!

5. ### chrismmc

Aug 17, 2004
...I am not familiar with the Fowler books...but it sound like it is showing how arpeggios(chords)are built.
To answer your question simply,a sus4 is a type of chord,while a p4(perfect4) is an interval(distance between 2 notes)...4ths,5ths and 8ths(octave) are called perfect because the do not determine major or minor tonality.

6. ### Richard Lindsey

Mar 25, 2000
SF Bay Area
Without seeing the book, my guess is that the author made a mistake. In using the terms m3, M3, d5, etc. he's using the language of *intervals*, but sus4 is a term from the language of *chords*. To be consistent and stay with the language of intervals, I think he probably should have said P4.

7. ### SteveCModeratorStaff MemberSupporting Member

Nov 12, 2004
North Dakota
I have to agree. It's a typo.

8. ### johnvice

Sep 7, 2004
Why do sus2 chords resolve / "want to move" to the third ?

The interval between the 2nd and the 1st is the same as from the 2nd to the third .

9. ### MicceO

Aug 12, 2004
Ok, I see. Sus4 refers to something else than intervals. So I won't let that confuse my head when learning intervals.

Thank you all for your responses, and Merry Xmas!

MicceO

Aug 17, 2004