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What Is a Double Stop?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Spector Funk, Jun 12, 2001.


  1. Spector Funk

    Spector Funk

    May 24, 2001
    Inquiring minds want to know. I've also heard of triple stops whats the scoop.
     
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    a double stop is a two note chord. i've never heard of a triple stop, but i would imagine that would be a three note chord.
     
  3. I have heard 'quadruple-stops' used to describe the four-note chords in Bach's solo violin works.

    - Dave
     
  4. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    There is no such thing as a two note chord. A chord is made up of three or more notes. Double-stopping is playing two strings simultaneously. Playing three strings together is called triple-stopping, and four strings together is (you guessed it) quadruple-stopping. With this technique, members of the violin family (essentially melodic instruments) are capable of producing harmony.
     
  5. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I'll add that "Double stop" isn't an official term...
    Although, it is commonly used.
     
  6. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    Enlighten me. What is the "official term" for this technique?
     
  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well as Dave mentioned, the term is used quite a lot in "Classical" music going back to Bach and I don't think there is another term for it on a string instrument. So I'm not sure what actually was added by that comment? :rolleyes:
     
  8. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    [looks down nose]
    umm yes....I believe it to be called dual stoppage of a chordal nature....
    [stops looking down nose]:D
     
  9. hmmm, I have never heard it called a triple stop before...wouldn't that be a chord?
     
  10. brewer9

    brewer9

    Jul 5, 2000
    Would a double stop sound wrong if I called it a chord?
     
  11. hehe no, but a double stop isnt a chord.
     
  12. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    A double stop in *correct* terms is "playing harmonically".

    ;)
     
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Absolute rubbish! - I would be more explicit but is it really worth bothering? :rolleyes:
     
  14. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    You made it halfway there, CE. A double stop is an interval played harmonically. Or two notes at once, like everyone else said.
     
  15. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    popularly played in perfect fifth or fourth intervals, too. sound pretty kewl when popped with the index and ring finger, too :D
     
  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Thanks for the correction. Although, the "interval played harmonically" is the technical term... Double stop is the common term, however.
     
  17. brewer9

    brewer9

    Jul 5, 2000
    Thanks for the clarification. Hey, this board is becoming more of a learning experience than I ever imagined.

    Pacman rules!
     
  18. Fifths are cool, but try a double stop with the flat 5th.. I love those. Major 10th too.
     
  19. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I perfer 3rds when I play double stops.
     
  20. *ToNeS*

    *ToNeS*

    Jan 12, 2001
    Sydney AU
    oOoOooo flat fiths ... *pleasurable shudder* :D