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Fiddle Lessons: Double Stops

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[MUSIC]
Okay we're gonna
talk a little bit about something called
double stops, and I think maybe some of
you have heard this term, it's basically
playing two notes at the same time.
We've been working really hard to just
play one note.
[MUSIC]
Avoiding those other strings,
playing one note clearly.
But, for fiddling and lots of different
kind of music,
we're gonna play, two notes at a time a
lot.
And of course, double stops doesn't mean
like, you're stopping.
It means like, you're actually holding the
strings down, you're stopping the string.
[MUSIC]
With your fingers,
you're stopping them by holding them down
and that's what they mean by stops.
It's a little technical but it's fine.
Everybody knows what it means now.
So that means you're playing two notes at
the same time.
So that bow is gonna across, instead of s
Hit one string,
it's gonna hit two strings, so if we take
the A string and the E string.
[SOUND].
And play em both together.
[MUSIC]
We get, not only a double step,
but we kind of get the sound of [SOUND] We
get the sound of fiddling.
Now, it could be any combination of notes,
within reason.
It could be.
[MUSIC]
It could be that combination.
It could be.
[MUSIC]
It could be any combination of two notes
on adjacent strings.
But, for now, a lot of this is going to
be.
[MUSIC]
Things like that where one note will
be an open string, and It'll just become a
note together with an open string.
[SOUND].
Right we'll play the C sharp against an
open E, or an F sharp.
[MUSIC]
Against an open A things like that.
Couple of little hints for getting that
stuff in tune.
It's a lot of, you know, it's hard enough
to get one note in tune,
but when we're talking about two notes.
There's a little trick to some of this
stuff, when you listen to both notes
you'll find that your ear tends to hear
the top note more.
[MUSIC]
It's just psychoacoustics is
what humans do they, they, they hear the
top, whatever is on top as clear.
And that's why people love that, those
bluegrass harmonies and they go so high.
But if you concentrate say you play that
C-sharp [SOUND] And A together.
[MUSIC]
Try not to listen to the A so much,
listen a little bit more to that C-sharp
the note on the bottom.
[MUSIC]
If you're listening to the bottom note and
getting that in tune, a lot of the times,
the top note will sort of take care of
itself it's, a little psychological trick
that we use when we play double stops.
So, this next tune that we're gonna do is
gonna have a little bit of that in there,
so hope you enjoy it.
[MUSIC]