7 Country Double Stop Guitar Licks

Double stops make up some of the most memorable licks, phrases, fills, hooks, and solos in country and western swing music. While there can be different kinds of double stops (as seen in the licks below), double stops are most simply two notes played at the same time.

I have created and stolen several double stop styled licks from Don Helms (steel guitarist for Hank Williams), Don Rich (guitarist for Buck Owens), Roy Nichols (guitarist for Merle Haggard$, Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Albert Lee, and Redd Volkaert. I highly recommend that you listen to these players and develop your own vocabulary by stealing and twisting/turning their licks and phrases.

  1. Don Helms Style

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2. Don Rich Style

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3. Roy Nichols Style

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4. Chet Atkins Style

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5. Jerry Reed Style

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6. Albert Lee Style

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7. Redd Volkaert Style

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I hope you have enjoyed this “guitaricle™”! If you are interested in a more in depth look at this topic, I offer skype/facetime lessons and in-house lessons in Austin, Texas. You can reach me through my contacts page!

“Like” my facebook page to be able to attend two facebook live session later this month that will go into more depth on the above licks and application of them!

Jan 11 7:30-8pm (CT)- Double Stops: How to build them out of the major scale

Jan 25 5-5:30pm (CT)-Double Stops: Simple ways to kick off country tunes 

Five Merle Haggard Guitar Kick Offs

To buy my arrangement of these classic kicks, contact me through my contacts page I will send you the tab/standard notation along with chords in PDF!

 

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Happy Pickin’!

Ment Morris

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