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[Video Lesson] Chord of the Week - Sus2 Power Stack

Don Schulze

April 7, 2019

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This video is part of Real School's Education Series, where we share quick tips from top Real School instructors to take your playing and musicianship to the next level!

In our newest Chord of the Week Series video, guitar instructor Don Schulze talks about the sus2 power stack. He discusses what it is, how to play it, and the context to use it in!

This week's chord is the sus2 power stack.

WHERE CAN YOU HEAR IT?

115284057     Limelight_SingleYou can hear this chord in a lot of tunes by The Police, like "Message in a Bottle." It is also in Rush's "Limelight."

HOW TO PLAY IT?

To play this Dsus2 power stack, put your index finger on the 5th fret of the A string, your middle finger on the 7th fret of the D string, and your pinky on the 9th fret of the G string. Some people prefer to use their ring finger instead of the middle, and that works too!

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WHAT IS IT?

This is basically just a power chord on top of another power chord. So we have a root and a 5th, but it has a major 2nd up on top. The root and the 2nd are pretty close sonically, so they vibrate against each other in a cool, shimmery way.

The root of this chord can be either on the A string or the low E string. For an A string one, if you want to play a Dsus2 power stack, we put it at the 5th fret. If you wanted to play a Bsus2, you'd play it on the B note at the 2nd fret. You can also play a Bsus2 on the low E string by putting it on the B note on the 7th fret.

HOW TO USE IT?

These chords are great, magical sounding substitutions for a major, a minor, or even a power chord. And they sound great with distortion!

And there you have it! The sus2 power stack, our chord of the week!

Stay tuned for our next chord of the week coming soon!

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