Classical Etude

Below is the lesson for “Classical Etude” by Rock Class 101.

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This classical composition uses double stops to effortlessly carry the melody up and down the neck. A double stop refers to playing two notes simultaneously. This is best demonstrated in Melody A.

We can hear two notes (string 4 and 1) being plucked in unison followed by a pedal tone of the open E string. This “pedal tone” happens on every & of the beat (bars 1-6), which creates a “flowing sound” as one chord (double stop) moves to another.

Double stops and pedal tones are not unique to this arrangement. They can be heard in many classical pieces, such as “Lagrima” (the inspiration for this composition) and “Ode to Joy”.

Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson

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