Old School Metal Double Stops

By Darren DeFranco


Hey guys,

Today we’ll be checking out how to use double stops to create some killer old school metal riffs. The idea here is that we’re going to be in the key of A minor and take advantage of the open A string to ground our riff. Then, we’ll play double stops on the third and fourth strings to add some attitude to our playing. We’ll be mostly using A minor, but we’ll also borrow from A harmonic minor and A Dorian. In metal, anything goes!

Good luck guys!


Using our double stop technique, try creating five riffs in A minor. Remember, the idea here is to use the open A to ground your riff and then use double stops on the third and fourth string. So as long as you know the notes in the key of A minor (A B C D E F G), you can really make up your own double stops. Our goal at GBU is to give you the skills to find your own way musically, so take what you know and run with it!


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