Bluesify your Bebop with Double Stops

by | Jazz Improvisation

Do you employ double stops in your playing? In case you’re not familiar with the term, it was first devised by violinists to denote 2 notes played simultaneously. Nonetheless, it is applicable to any any polyphonic instrument!

You’ve probably heard and identified the sound of double stops with the blues throughout your entire life. But did you know they can also be used over practically any set of jazz changes? If you listen to a lot of jazz guitarists, you’ve probably heard double stops in the playing of George Benson, Grant Green, Kenny Burrell and even post-bop players like John Scofield and Bill Frisell to mention just a few.

In this lesson, I teach you a variety of cool double stops that are sure to bluesify any jazz standard!


The Double Stops lesson files, can be downloaded for $8.50 . Your contribution is much appreciated, as it helps support the site and allows me to keep investing the long hours required to produce these lessons. The download includes the following files:  PDFs with both regular notation and TAB of 4 II-V-I phrases, 17 double stop licks for different chords, Satin Doll excerpt with double stops, MP3 audio files of everything, and 3 Band in a Box practice files featuring all the previous studies. If you don’t have Band in a Box, a MIDI file is included which you can open up to practice in Muse Score which is free to download from:

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