When I was first learning How to Play Bebop Jazz Guitar, one of the players that I spent the most time studying was Pat Martino.
Pat Martino is a legend of the genre, and is known for his blistering single-note runs, which are worth studying in their own right.
But, one of the other sides to Pat’s playing that I really love is his use of double stops, and today’s lesson is going to focus on studying, breaking down and learning how to play Pat Martino Double Stop Lines so you can bring a bit of Pat to your own soloing ideas and phrases.
If you would like to check out Pat’s single-note concepts, visit my “5 Classic Pat Martino Minor Licks for Jazz Guitar” page for more info on that side of Pat’
The first line we’ll look at uses a tonic pedal tone, the note F, on top of a bluesy lick played in step with that upper root.
I tend to pick every note in this line, but you can add in slides if you find it makes it easier to get under your fingers, and feel free to use a pick, fingers or hybrid picking when playing this, or any, double stop in the lesson.
With a cool, organ sounding vibe to it, this line has a classic Martino sound, and it’s something you can expand upon in your own soloing ideas.
Try holding the root of any chord you are on on either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd strings, and improvising below that note with notes from the blues scale, arpeggio or diatonic mode.
It might be tricky to pull off at first, but once you get this approach down, it will add a second texture to your single-note lines with a bit of blues sounds thrown in for good measure.
You can explore this type of line further with my lesson “The 1 Jazz Guitar Lick Every Player Needs to Know.”
In this line, based off of an F major pentatonic scale, you are using a double stop to punctuate the end of each mini-phrase in this line.
Using double stops like this, to accent certain notes within a larger phrase, is something that is found in many of Pat Martino’s classic solos, and it’s a great way to bring attention to specific moments within your own improvised lines.
The two notes used here are the 3rd and the 5th. Sometimes I pick these notes as is, but other times I will slide into them from a half-step below, both of which you can hear in the audio for this example.
So, try and pluck and slide into these double stops in order to give yourself a few articulation options when you transplant this idea into your own jazz guitar solos.
The last of the three Pat Martino Double Stop Lines uses a call and response approach to integrating double stops into your jazz guitar soloing ideas.
Notice how the second and fourth bars contain the same double stop notes, while the first and third bars are unique in their construction.
This type of double stop soloing, which works out to A-B-C-B in the melodic layout, is something that Pat Martino uses to great effectiveness in his playing, and it’s something that is worth exploring further in your own double stop soloing ideas in order to bring a deeper sense of organization to your lines and solos.
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