Fun With Double Stops & Trills

With this blues lick we’ll be using two techniques that are common in blues playing called double stops and trills.

A double stop is the act of playing two notes simultaneously. In performing a double stop, two separate strings are depressed (“stopped”) by the fingers, and plucked simultaneously.

A trill is a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes. A trill is usually a quick hammering on and pulling off between two notes. It’s a very flashy technique, but easy to master.

This lesson includes tab for the lick, the suggested fingerings, complete instructions, and a demonstration video.

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This lick begins with pull-off doublestops. It sounds fancy, but we’re just playing the same thing on two strings at the same time to create harmony.

Slower:

Here are the suggested fingerings: