Hear Double Stops

To play a double stop on your instrument, simply play two notes at the same time. The notes can be spaced closely or far away. Although this is not yet a chord (3 or more notes sounded at the same time), a chord can become implied.

Double stops are fairly easy to play on most instruments and can support any melody.

This simple exercise can teach you how to hear double stops and establish the building blocks for picking out individual chord tones!

How to Practice Hearing Double Stops

Listen to double stops:

  1. Play any random double stop (two notes at the same time) on your instrument.
  2. Listen to the double stop.
  3. Sing the lowest note. Then sing the highest note.

Reinforce the sound:

  1. Hear the sound of the same double stop in your mind.
  2. Sing the lowest note again. Sing the highest note again.
  3. Play the double stop again to reinforce the sound.

This simple practice is the first step toward teaching your ear how to hear the notes within a chord. Start small with 2-note voicings. Master this first. Soon enough you will be able to hear 3-note voicings, 4-note voicings, 5-note voicings, etc…