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7 Ways To Use Octaves In Your Solos

The octave is the most perfect musical harmony, because the second note is exactly the same as the first, only higher or lower in pitch. This means the two notes mesh perfectly together. This unique sound is one that deserves to be used in your playing, and the great news is that it isn’t super hard to do.

When I play bass, I use octaves all the time because it’s an easy way to add some extra spice to a bass line without influencing the character of the overall chord being produced by the band, as would happen for instance, if I played a 3rd or a 5th in that same place. Sometimes you’re looking for a bit more activity in your bass line, but you still have to play it safe, so… octaves!

But this lesson is about the guitar. We’re going to look at 3 octave patterns, 3 ways to play those, and 1 way to use octaves as an approach to moving around your fretboard.

All the examples in the video are from A pentatonic minor, which I perhaps should have made more clear.

Here’s a big takeaway: once you have the pattern locked in, practice by moving through your scale (any scale – doesn’t have to be pentatonic).

Some of the sounds you get from octaves immediately make you think of jazz music, but the reality is, you’ll find octaves used in all music, everywhere. So, learn the patterns and get to work applying them to your own music!

If you need help understanding your fretboard better, I recommend my Guitar Scale Patterns course.

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Using Octaves in Guitar Solos

Adding the octave, or perfect 8th interval onto some of your licks can really add a totally new flavor to your guitar solos.

If you’d like to learn more about intervals and the scales, checkout my Guitar Scale Patterns course.

In this lesson, Colin demonstrates how you can use the octaves all over the fretboard. The general rule for finding the octave is to go down 2 strings and up 2 frets… however you have to be careful, because if you’re crossing the 2nd string (B) you’ll need to add one more fret onto that pattern for it to work correctly. Colin talks about this in the lesson.

The hardest part about getting this riff down correctly is learning to mute the string in between the two notes you’re playing. In general, I like to rest my index finger lightly on that in between string to cut down on any noise it produces. It’s worth practicing a bit just to make sure you can get a clean interval while you’re strumming.

Alternatively of course, simply finger pick both notes together, or one after the other, and avoid the problem entirely.

You can find many more guitar lessons by Colin Daniel at RiffNinja.com.

Using Guitar Octaves In Your Solo:

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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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