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Watch the Guitar Lab: Triads & Hendrixian Double Stops online guitar lesson by Matthieu Brandt from Guitar Lab: Triads and Hendrixian Double Stops

Generally, the bigger the band or the more players at the jam, the less you play. In those situations it is not important how often you shine, but that when you do, to shine brightly.

You need some tools; Triad and Hendrixian Double Stops are those tools!

In a band rehearsal and at a jam there are often other chord instruments, so arranging an interesting guitar part for yourself can be somewhat of a puzzle. You need to find your spot in the groove and deal with whatever another guitar player is laying down. Maybe there’s a piano player, organ player or keyboard player at the jam. They tend to take up a lot of harmonic space. And let’s not forget the bass down low and the singer and soloist up high. You don’t want to step on their toes.

Triads on adjacent strings in close proximity will make this a walk in the park. And with Hendrixian double stops you’ll be able smoothly color your backup part, weave in and out between all the different instruments in the band. This fresh look at the fret board will also give you your target notes for strong solos. Using this approach will make you feel like you’re soloing all night long.

The master of this style of backup / solo playing is of course Jimi Hendrix. Hendrix style of backup playing in songs like 'Castles Made of Sand', 'Electric Ladyland', 'Wind Cries Mary', and ‘Little Wing’ actually originated in the Soul Music of the 60's. Players like Curtis Mayfield, Cornell Dupree and Steve Cropper used to play this intricate triad based double stop style in arrangements backing up horn players in larger band settings. Often these bands would feature an organ player and multiple guitar players. Hendrix took it to another level using this soulful playing in a power trio, weaving double stop lines between and beneath his vocals throwing in triads, sometimes only hinting at the underlying harmony.

The first part of this course will give you the theoretical backbone of the triadic system. It’s a fresh look at the fret board, which will be used in about 20 different songs in the second part of the course.

In the last part we’ll dig deep into Hendrix’ challenging style of accompaniment / solo. We’ll be playing through a number of songs in a rock/pop band rehearsal and study how you can create interesting triadic guitar parts when there’s another guitar player, a Hammond organ player and a singer present.

We’ll also look at a smaller setting with an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar, showing you several arrangement options for different grooves.

Jaco Benckhuijsen is a seasoned piano player and award winning arranger from Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Together we’ll play through a number of typical piano grooves and show you how you can put triads and Hendrixian double stops to work in these ‘thick’ arrangements.

All the breakdowns of the examples feature chord grids on the screen, for your convenience.

Let’s dig in!