Watch the Double Stops online guitar lesson by Chris Buono from 60 Electric Guitar Techniques You MUST Know
Double stops is a nickname given to certain two-note instances played on adjacent strings – usually thirds and fourths. They provide a biting, sharp component inside your riff ideas and never fail when you're trying to fatten up your ideas. In standard tuning, you'll find playing fourths on most every string pair to be easy since it's just an adjacent string barre. Thirds are not much more work. Both intervals coupled with grace note hammer-ons and slides provide a platform for making your overall playing sound more seasoned and slick. Finally, sometimes double stops sound bigger than a full-on chordal instance. "Smoke on the Water" anyone?