Double Stops

Rx: Blending the tone of two notes at the same time on the double bass.

When playing double stops, the higher pitched note typically needs to sound a little louder. But achieving this is tricky because we can’t quite change the speed or location of the bow individually since we’re playing both notes at the same time.

Some tips for playing double stops:

  • Bow should move at speed of the lower note
  • Tilt the stick towards and away to blend the two notes to taste