Csus4 Guitar Chord Lesson

Learn How to Play the Csus4 Guitar Chord

This post will teach you several different ways to play the Csus4 chord across the neck of the guitar.  This lesson will cover more advanced versions of this chord. If you would like to learn an easier way to play this chord, follow this link for the beginner Csus4 chord tutorial.

The C Sus4 (also known as C Suspended 4, C Suspended 4th) chord is found in the C Major Scale: C D E F G A B C.  It is made from the 1, 4 and 5 steps of this scale, or the notes C, F and G.

Suspended 4th chords have a unique and beautiful sound to them. The C Suspended 4th chord is essentially a  C Major chord, but we are “Suspending” or replacing the 3rd with a 4th, in other words, we are replacing the “E” with an “F” in this particular case.

Here is a key that will help you read the chart:

Basic Guitar Chords Chart Key

Everything on the above chart should be self explanatory, except for the last three in the third column. They may need a bit of explaining. The O, or open symbol, simply means that you do not press down on any notes on that string. The X means you do not strum that particular string. The Barre symbol means you need to barre that particular fret. When you barre a fret you are pressing down on multiple strings at the same time with one finger.

Chord Playing Tip: Be sure that you are pressing down on the strings hard enough. You should play each string one at a time to make sure you have a nice clean sound. If any of the strings buzz or sound muted, then something is not right.