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Watch the Double Stops Chords online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar

Let's try something completely different and talk about using double stops to form chord shapes. Being a young boy in the state of Maine, I was taught by a great guitar player Billy Pears, who taught theory on the chalkboard. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot of great things. I found for myself and over time in learning in Nashville and trying different things on my own and stepping out on my own, I found i was using double stops and forming different chords shapes I wasn't even aware of before I moved to Nashville. This is something I would really love to show you because there is so many cool things around double stops that some people never even look at. Let's start by taking a look at a simply barre chord on the 7th fret (D barre chord), using the D B and G string. The reason I am using this as a triad rather than a double stop because if I was to play this in D I would have these double stops beside me. But, I realized that with this other note on the bottom I have a D triad, where I can move that note around. Let's say the G and B are our main double stop. We will add the note of A on the bottom, but moving that all around comes up with some cool things. There are some cool chord shapes just by moving one finger around. Then with the B string, you can count the D and G string as the double stop and move the B note underneath on the 7th fret. I'm reaching down for the E too here. Let's take for an example that we will actually barre the whole 7th fret and play all Ds out of that. These are chord shapes that I had no idea about until I started messing around with double stops and realized all the cool things around me. It's all about having fun with your guitar and experimenting, you'll never know what you might find. The other thing to talk about in the D realm, is how I found these things out. I was at a gig one time and playing a D country shuffle - if you wonder about this rhythm being played, I am just sliding into the barre and bouncing off the bass notes. Say I want to get into a 4 chord (G chord to D), I know I have a G chord. In order to get into that a slide in a smooth fashion, it's hard to explain and is something that I found by accident and something I've used ever since. When I played, I knew from a D perspective, I learned this like in playing blues and it was some sort of a b7 thing and it would work over a D, but then when I realized I have my first finger up on the 7th fret then I could get to another bvii note and just by lifting those fingers then I had a nice passing tone, which is a #V or leading into the 6th note of the D major scale but it is actually the 3rd in the G scale (B note). Then I could get back to my A from this G. These all I found out just my knowing double stops and starting using the double stops to form other runs. This main portion to learn is to take a good look at what is around you when using double stops and figure out there are cool things you can do. For example, let's take a D from the perspective of going down to a B and E string on the 10th fret. Just a chord in itself, if you look at a barre chord, just take an arpeggio and play it with double stops. Just by knowing how to do that, I found this stuff my just playing around with the actual noted arpeggio and wondering why couldn't I be able to find the double stop within that. Most of this I found by messing around and having fun. Don't be afraid to do that either. There are so many cool things right there for our own disposable and our own mind to grab onto. I'm proof positive that you don't have to be the biggest theory buff to be able to play. It is important to know theory. When it comes to fully chords, I can answer some questions about how those are made, but I found so many cool things just by experimenting. One more thing we will talk about is moving down the fret board. Don't be afraid to try new things and take a good look at what is around you and you'll find some very incredible things. The last thing I will teach you in this section, we will take that D barre chard and look at what is around that, you know you have the D sus ii or D regular barre chord, but what is down to the lower register? Well there are double stops in D, then there has to be more cool D stuff down there that I am missing. So I took the stuff that I knew and started moving it down a bit. If you asked me what some of those chords where, I could break it down like that was a bV or moving into a iv chord and a Maj III, but I couldn't tell you the names of the chords. But I learned them by having fun and figuring them out with my knowledge of double stops. When we get into the band tracks you'll see how I'll use them in a full band way. There is a whole world out there to free your mind as long as you're willing to look at the fret board as a whole. Whether you have a lot of theory knowledge or not, be sure to have fun. If you have any questions feel free to email me or find me on I'm not afraid to answer questions. I love all the guitar players out there and I want to help you grow and learn. I am continuing to grow and learn just like you. TrueFire is amazing and I am very excited about this opportunity and I really hope this help you out.