skilly1
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Join date: Jan 2008
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#1
I've been trying to incorporate double stops in my guitar playing/soloing, I usually improvise with the minor pentatonic/natural minor scale, but I only seem to find a few notes in certain positions where I can use double stops which sound good. I'd really like to get more fluent at playing them all over the neck because they sound great and will spice up my improvising,
If anyone has any guidance or tips I could use to improve on double stops, it would be greatly appreciated
Last edited by skilly1 at Jan 26, 2013,
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#2
Learn solos that use double stops in them.
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#3
Well I guess my first piece of advice is that if you want to get better at something just do more of it, but that's by the by.

I remember scales in double-stops being quite a infernal thing to do when I took my grade 8, so I'd say that would be a good place to start. Another take on pretty much the same thing is to learn a lead-line and then practice double-stopping that line until you've achieved the fluency you're after. Another thing to try would be switching between a technique you've already master, and double-stops - so something like cross-string for a bar, double stop for a bar, cross-string for half a bar, double-stop for half a bar, cross-string for a beat, double-stop for a beat, then back to cross-string for a bar, &c.
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#4
Listen to these songs and learn the solos

Johnny B Goode - Chuck Berry
Sittin On the Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison

A simple trick to understanding doublestops is to stop thinking of them as isolated pairs of notes and instead approach them as chord fragments.

Look at the chords your playing over and look for pairs of chord tones as opposed to randomly combining dots from your scale pattern
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#5
Are you sure you are even playing the correct notes in the scale? If you are playing double stops over a simple chord progression then you can play almost any two notes in the relevant scale and it should sound okay.

If you've ever done any "pedaling" in your playing, i.e. alternating picking the root, the 4th, etc. and then playing other notes relative to it back and forth, you can achieve good results using a similar mindset for double stops. Just play both notes at once instead of alternating.
skilly1
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#7
Thanks for the advice I'll try practicing all that's been suggested, I've always wanted to learn johny B goode but have always put it off,
What is cross-string btw, I guess it's what it says