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The Who Style Open 7th Sus Chord Riff

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

7th Sus chords create a very mysterious sound, and the chord became of a favorite among The Who guitarist Pete Townshend. You can hear these chords featured prominently on some of the band’s most classic tracks. In today’s lesson we’re going to learn a riff in the style of The Who that shows off how the British mega group might use these chords.

Enjoy the lesson guys!


Master this riff and you’ll be good to go! You’ll notice how 7th sus chords are often followed by regular 7th chords – this is a common approach. Try creating your own riff that uses this same resolution of 7th sus to normal 7th chord.


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