Double Stops

Double stops are defined as A double stop, in music terminology, is the act of playing two notes simultaneously on a melodic percussion instrument (like a marimba) or stringed instrument (for example, a violin or a guitar). In performing a double stop, two separate strings are depressed (“stopped”) by the fingers, and bowed or plucked simultaneously (without a string change)

For the purposes of this I shall be looking at doublestops in the key of G major and relative modes. To begin with I have taken the scale of G major and worked out the notes on the top E and B strings. Across the 2 strings we can see there are notes than can be paired together. The diagrams show 3 pairs that are possible.

The video will show you the fingers as will the diagrams below:

I hope that helps as an introduction to the world of Double Stops.

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~ by Geoff Lea Guitar on June 11, 2010.

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