Weekly Guitar Technique Workout – Week 10

Good ol' doublestops.. They can beef up any solo line and are used in virtually every style of guitar from blues to metal to country to rock to jazz.

But there is just one small problem, they aren't very easy to play in the beginning. They can be quite tiring for the frethand and the pick hand has to be able to accurately alternate pick two adjacent strings at once, which can be a little tricky at first.

But no worries, this week's guitar technique workout is designed to get your hands playing doublestops with the best of them.

In this guitar technique lesson video I start with a basic minor pentatonic scale form then create an exercise that uses doubelstops across the entire scale form.

The overall goal is to play the exercise the way I do at the beginning of the video. However, it is also important to practice each doublestop pattern repeatedly across just one string set at first (like you will see in the video lesson) before taking the pattern across strings.

In fact, those little individual patterns are probably they way you would most likely play doubelstops in a real piece of music. 🙂

Don't forget to "Grab the TAB" for this video lesson from the link below.

Week 10 Guitar Technique Workout - Doublestops TAB PDF Download

I recommend probably working on exercises 2 and 3 of the PDF before practicing the full exercise which is Ex.1 of the TAB. That way your hands will really have the patterns together before trying to play it rapidly across strings.

Ok that's it. Have Fun!


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  1. Scott May on July 10, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Carl when you get the time, you should create a course on songwriting. Also, congrats on breaking 80 thousand subscribers; it will be awesome to see you with over 100 thousand, which should not be too far from now, given how prolific you have been.

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