Are you struggling with double stops?
Question of the week February 12, 2018
Micro - lesson
A FiddleHed student named Heather recently wrote saying, “I really struggle with double stops though so any advice or tips would be great.”
So here you go, some brief advice on playing double stops…
1. Don’t use extra pressure, just get the angle right.
2. Alternate between single stops and double stops.
First practice just alternating between D and A strings:
D0-A0 with peri-diddle
Then practice alternating between separate bows and double stops:
Repeat on other strings and with more complex double stops (adding rhythms, fingerings, longer phrases).
Repeat a thousand times
You have practice double stops a lot each day. There’s no shortcuts to mastery!
Here are some double stops exercises on open strings:
Here are some in which you add first finger:
Go fiddle with it…