This week’s lesson is the second installment of ‘lead shorts’. A series that focuses on different aspects of lead guitar playing by introducing a specific riff or line. Today I look at and discuss a pattern with simple double stops.
I started this series as a way to help inspire new ideas for you in your lead playing. For example you can learn the riff and then use it as a springboard to improvise from.
Firstly you can learn the riff as is in the video lesson. Secondly, try working up the speed with the practice along segment at the end of the lesson. Thirdly and most importantly, take those ideas and try moving them to different areas of the guitar.
I demonstrate the simple double stop riff in two different positions to show you those key positions. In addition to helping you with technique & chord motion, this builds on your basic understanding of these fundamental patterns.
These are primary positions that you can use to play over any major chord. And as I mention in the video, you can change the shapes to minor just by emphasizing different notes.
If you know a bit of theory, you’ll know about relative minor keys and that they share the same notes as the relative major. So, for example, if you take this riff from this video and resolve your riffs or lick to an E note, you’ll find that it sounds like E minor.
After you learn the riff go off on your own and try different major keys, and also try their relative minors to get used to these positions.
By learning these simple double stops I think you’ll be able to apply the patterns to your rhythm as well as your lead playing.