Nashville Number System Lesson 7 – Alternative Double Stop Patterns

In this lesson, Megan Lynch Chowning provides two alternative double stop patterns which offer new ways to chop, fill, and solo using The Nashville Number System. While Megan teaches this series of lessons from a bluegrass standpoint, these concepts also apply to country, gospel, and other American styles of music. We hope you enjoy this excerpt of the course.

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  1. Wow Megan,
    Thanks for this series…I don’t have to learn all my tunes in all keys, the patterns fit all the keys, so now I have to learn to sing. And I’m going to have fun on the Wharf in Santa Cruz playing for the sea lions again. I have to relearn the CodFish Ball.
    Now to Practice…Thanks again, you always give value that exceeds the expense. I hope I can do this till I graduate to the next life.

  2. Thanks Megan. Yet another outstanding lesson!! Have to work on my singing!!!

  3. I’ve been playing fidding since age 42, or at least put I some hours at that age during and after a trip to Ireland. . But then I became more adept on DADGAD guitar. Played professionally at Universal Studios Japan from its opening in 2001 for 5 years. But as they say, “all the other instruments are your girlfriends; the fiddle is your wife.” So, living 10 years in the boonies in Japan, Mie prefecture, I’ve had many years at progressing slowly. Thanks to your lessons, progress seems sped up. I love Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, and Megan, you’re so brilliant!

  4. Thanks for the great feedback, folks. I’ve passed these comments along to Megan! I like that quote, Peter!

  5. Thanks for this great series on the Nashville System for fiddle. I’m all over playing the I, IV and V now… Wow!….Is there an easy way to play a ii, iii, or vi chord using the “first finger capo?” I think I need more theory…

    • Hey Joe. Glad you enjoyed the series.

      Three chords come up really rarely, but you’re on point with the 2- and 6- (- denotes minor). For the 2- chord, you could bar the second finger above the first across both strings. Alternatively, you could use the second finger on the higher of the two strings you currently are barring and play a first finger on the string above. So if you were using the capo system in the key of E, this would mean your second finger would be playing a C# on the A string and your first would be playing a F# on the E string. Alternatively you could use your second finger on the D string to catch the F# and use your high third finger on the G string to play a C#.

      For a 6- chord in the E key example, you can use the same pattern you currently use for the 4 chord, or you could leave the first finger in place on the D string (E note) and add in a high 3rd finger on the G string (C#).

      Hope that helps! The NNS is worth understanding…pretty soon you will be charting tunes in your head as you listen to the radio…that’s a great way to build your ear/improve skills out, sir.

      All the best!

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