Using Octaves in Guitar Riffs

If you've watched my Guitar Scale Patterns lesson, you'll know that one of the things that I mention in there is the octave pattern. I think I've mentioned this in previous lessons as well. It's a super handy little tool to find notes on the fretboard, without having to memorize the whole neck right off the bat.

Apart from that, octaves also sound good. If you play bass, I recently did a little lesson on using octaves on the bass. Pretty much any instrument you're on though, octaves are going to sound great.

So today I'm going to show you very simply how you can use that octave pattern and make up some of your own riffs using it.

Check it out, then leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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6 Responses to “Using Octaves in Guitar Riffs”

  1. Denny February 16, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

    I Like it keep it up

  2. tom March 11, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    hey jonathan!! thanx again my brutha for the treats u send!! much obliged!! i have always been a rythm player and now im slowly throwin some magic out there! thanx! happy birthday to ya!! mine was 2 days ago!!

  3. Gene April 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm #

    Thanks for the tips and knowledge ...

  4. marc b May 14, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    cool tip

  5. Justin July 27, 2011 at 7:07 pm #

    I use this tip when playing. Sounds great with distortion.

  6. Ron T. January 4, 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    Some really fast chatter there, Jonathan, cdnt get much out of this one, sorry --- Ron T

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