My Favourite Chord: Stacked 5ths

 

Today I’d like to introduce you to my favourite chord of all time. Behold:

Favourite Chord.PNG
A Gsus2, or a Dsus4?

In my mind this chord could actually be any one of 3, depending on which note you decide to be the root:

  • If the deepest pitch is the root then the middle note is it’s 5th, and the higher note is a 2. That makes the chord a Sus2.
  • If the middle note is the root, that makes the deeper note a 4th; while the higher note is a 5th. So this chord is an Inverted Sus4.
  • If the highest note is the root, then the middle pitch is a 4th, while the lowest pitch is a m7…. Root, 4th, m7th…. I don’t think there’s a name for that chord to be honest…
    EDIT: Having spoken with a musical colleague we came to the conclusion that, you could refer to this chord as Inverted Stacked Fourths. Maybe read-up on Quartal Harmony for more info.

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