Watch the Double Stops online guitar lesson by David Grissom from Open Road Guitar

Double stops are when we play two strings at the same time. They are an integral part of everybody's playing, and another great tool to have in your arsenal. They can be used in both rhythm guitar and soloing. The most famous example of this is the intro to Chuck Berry's Johnny B Goode. In some of my examples you will see me playing three strings in unison, which is a triple stop, but as guitarists we often still use the term double stop. As you become more familiar with the fingerboard you'll see there are many ways to incorporate double stops. Next I like to add in a separate lower note to the double stop. I will very often pick the lower note and use my second finger and third finger to sound the double stop above. Using double stops is also a great device to play partials of chords that is especially effective when using power cords. There are many playing examples in this section so take your time and look them over, they are an essential technique of my playing.