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Double stops are a common guitar technique with a confusing name. Do I stop playing twice? Do I play two strings then stop? What's a single stop?
So, what is a double stop?
It’s playing two strings simultaneously. That’s it.
A triple stop is having three stings playing simultaneously. A quadruple stop is four strings playing simultaneously.
For a sample of what this can sound like in a musical context check out the first 9 seconds of the classic song “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison.
Bluesy Double Stops:
Marty Shwartz of Marty Music shows you how to use double stops in a blues context in this video.
Paul Davids has a great lesson on how to make your playing sound more Hendrix with double stops.
The Asato Style Double:
If you are a more advanced player here is some great analysis by Darryl Syms on how Mateus Asato uses double stops in his playing.
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