Double stops

Playing two notes simultaneously on guitar

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Written by Sam Blakelock
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Falling between a single note and a triad, a double stop is an interval – a diatonic third, for example – and can be played on adjacent or non-adjacent strings. While we often associate guitar solos with single-note leads, playing two notes at the same time can serve as a useful approach to both solo improvisation and rhythm guitar parts.

Guitarists like Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Cropper, Danny Gatton, and Isaiah Sharkey all utilize double stops in their playing.

(Link) For more, refer to Isaiah Sharkey’s double stops lesson in his Pickup Master Class.

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