Chord Progressions: Sus4 Resolved to Minor Triad

Suspension means to temporarily delay the resolution of one or more chord tones. Here, for example, is a Csus4 (read “C suspended fourth chord”) with its minor triad resolution:

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Notice how unstable and antsy the sus4 chord sounds and feels, like it needs to go somewhere, and how that instability is relieved upon the arrival of the minor triad.

Suspensions can be applied to add harmonic interest in many musical contexts, for example, in Cold A Ice (Foreigner):

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