How To Play Double Stops on Bass Guitar

Double Stops

Double stops are a fantastic device to use in making up bass lines, fills and in your solos. In the video I take you through three examples of double stops in songs: Bullet In The Head by Rage Against The Machine, Rock With You by Michael Jackson and Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel. Three common double stop shapes follow.

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Common Double Stop Shapes


All the following shapes are chord shapes. A double stop is when you play two notes so just play the notes represented by the black blobs – they work really well in fills and bass lines.

E7 Double Stops

Em7 Double Stops

E minor 7 Bass Guitar Double Stops

Emaj7 Double Stops

E major 7 Bass Guitar Double Stops

Make sure you watch the video to see how to use them. Let me know how you get on with these!