Bbsus (Bbsus4 or Bb4) and Bbsus2 (orBb2) symbols indicate that you need to play suspended chords with your left hand. All you need to do for a sus chord is to locate and play the 4th note of the LH major triad with the triad instead of the triad's 3rd note. For a sus2 chord, locate and play the 2nd note of the LH major triad with the triad instead of the triad's 3rd note. These colour notes add a rich sound to major chords and tend to make them sound as though they want to resolve, or go back to, the major triad.
In some instances you might decide that it is preferable to play some of the "colour" notes in the right hand rather than the LH. In the demonstration video you will notice that I choose to play the Eb (the suspended 4th note in a Bbsus chord) and the C (suspended 2nd note in a Bbsus2 chord) in the right hand to give them more emphasis.
Style: Jazzy waltz
Accompaniment: Jazz Waltz
Keyboard Intro: keyboard rhythm
Verse 1: as written
Verse 2: loosen rhythm, add in chord notes and filler
Ending: repeat last phrase & keyboard ending
The story so far:
You can now add the key of Bb major and sus2 and sus 4 chords to the list of features that could be included in sheet music when you are looking for your own music or songs to play.
Remember your own music could also include the following from previous songs that we have learned:
Time signatures: 3/4, 4/4, 6/8
Note range: B below middle C to upper A
Key: C major F major G major E minor D minor Bbmajor
Additional notation: ties, sharps, flats, naturals, repeat dots, first and second time bars, Da Capo al Fine, crush notes
Left hand chords:
Major - A B Bb C D E Eb F G
Minor – Bbm Dm Em Gm
Dominant 7th – Bb7 C7 D7 G7 A7
Minor 7th - Am7 Dm7 Em7
Major 7th - CM7 FM7
Augmented 7th: C7#5, G7#5
Diminished: Edim F#dim, Adim
Half Diminished: Dm7b5
Suspended: Bbsus2 Bbsus4
I have located some more lead sheets in the fake book that I am using as a reference for this course that are suitable for the skill level that we have developed so far.
All Shook Up (1957) – Otis Blackwell
Big Bad John (1961) – Jimmy Dean
Colour my World (1966) – Jackie Trent, Tory Hatch
Here, There and Everywhere (1966) - John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Hound Dog (1953) – Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
I Shot the Sheriff (1974) – Bob Marley
I Will Survive (1978) – Dino Fekaris
Midnight Blue (1974) – Carole Bayer Sager, Melissa Manchester
Nights in White Satin (1967) – Justin Hayward
Ring of Fire (1962) – June Carter, Merle Kilgore
Splish Splash (1958) – Bobby Darin, Murray Kaufman
Stay (1960) – Maurice Williams
Sunshine on my Shoulder (1971) – John Denver
Thank-you Girl ( 1963) – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
Perhaps these are songs that you would like to add to your repertoire?
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OK – I’ve done my playing – now over to you.
Happy playing, from Joanne