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Double Stops

Frederick Burton (5465) · [archive]
Style: Basics · Level: Beginner · Tempo: 120
Pages: 1 2 3

We all know that a "triad" is a three note chord. We all know that a 7th chord is a four note chord. What do you call a two note chord? Well, as you might have read in my "2 note blues" lesson, I call the 3rd and 7th degree of a 4 note chord a chord. So based on that lesson, two notes can make a chord. But what about other "two note" chords, those that aren't diatonic? Well, they're referred to as "double stops". You hear them everywhere, in every form of music. Double stops can be played anywhere on the fretboard by using any interval, some might sound better than others, you be the judge. They can be played scalularly in intervals (3rd's, 4th's, 5th's etc), or played with a bit of eccentricity by using stretches and compound intervals. The following exercises shows double stops played in "fingering" groups. Play them across the fretboard, as shown in the examples, or play them along the fretboard. You can even arpeggiate them and play them as single notes. Play them slow and develope fluidity with them. Note: As stated above, some sound better than others. Feel free to incorporate them into your solos. I had a teacher who jokingly told me that double stops was something created by guitarist because they didn't know what else to play! (Just a small joke!) The first group utilizes the (13-24) fingering. Note: Try listening to players who incorporate double stops with there playing: Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, BB King, Scott Henderson, Angus Young, Kirk Hammett, Barney Kessel, etc. The list endless! Good Luck!
Double Stops