I hope this is the best forum for this question....
To my ear, harldly anything defines the sound of the mandolin better than a tremolo, except maybe a tremolo played with double stops. #
Now, getting a good tremolo is a technique that takes the same kind of practice regardless of which string or how many strings you are playing on, in general.
Double stops, on the other hand seem to be more of a memory exercise than a technique. #Co-mando.com has a bunch of exericises for playing double stops, arranged by key, in I, IV, V groupings. #This is great.
But, when I play them, they just feel like a random bunch of two note 'chords', i.e., I can't get them organized in my head in any meaningful way. #For one thing, there are so many of them for each chord--maybe 10 or so. #I get overwhelmed. # I love how they sound, find nothing hard about playing them, but how do I get them imbedded in my memory (like the most of the chords are), when there are so many and they are so similar to each other (and the shapes repeat themselves on adjacent strings for different keys)?
I realize this isn't much different than asking "how do I learn to play scales?," but something FEELS and sounds different about them. #There isn't an 'ascending' or 'descending' pattern to rely on like with scales.
Anybody got any suggestions, memory tricks, or exercises that might help me with these things?