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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Leave a Reply 7 comments

Denny - February 16, 2011 Reply

I Like it keep it up

tom - March 11, 2011 Reply

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!!

Gene - April 18, 2011 Reply

Thanks for the tips and knowledge …

marc b - May 14, 2011 Reply

cool tip

Justin - July 27, 2011 Reply

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

Ron T. - January 4, 2016 Reply

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

Alan - November 7, 2018 Reply

Nice pattern. This is something similar to what Kirk Hammet uses in a lot of his solos. I’ll definitely try it out today during jamming.

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