Chords and double stops

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To accompany on the violin

If you are playing together and want to give the music a little extra, of if you don't know the melody, you can accompany by playing double stops in the right cords.

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On next page you can see some examples on double stops you can use when accompanying. The double stops are arranged in the most usual chords with the root chord in the middle. By clicking in the option table for each chord, you will get different options for taking each chord. There is also another drop-down with some typical Danish melodies are listed, where the emphasis of the sound track is on the chord accompaniment.

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I have given some examples how we often accompany Danish music with chords. We call it "throwing shit" on the melody in Danish. You can click on the links below in order to go to the music on Folkets Hus Homepage

Two or three strings

Normally you will only use two string chords when accompanying, however there are different techniques that uses 3 or 4 strings. (The shuffle technique used in "Orange blossom special" for example)


How to find out which key you are in.

It is easy if you got the sheet of the music in front of you. A good idea is to look at the guitar. (But that requires of course that you know what Guitar Chords look like). With a little practice you should be able to guess what chord you are in, so you can follow the chords of a melody



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List of chords


Root Subdominant Dominant


minor subdominant The dominant of the minor (often a major 7)
C F G7 am dm E7
G C D7 em am H7
D G A7 hm em F#7
A D E7 f#m hm C#7
E A H7 c#m f#m G#7
H E F#7 g#m c#m D#7
F#(=Gb) H C#7 ebm abm Bbm7
Db Gb Ab7 Bbm ebm F7
Ab dB Eb7 fm Bbm C7
Eb Ab Bb7 cm fm G7
Bb Eb F7 gm cm D7
F Bb C7 dm gm A7


Some exercises in the I-II-V7 progression here.