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.

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DJ - May 6, 2011 Reply

Sounds good, but have NO IDEA what you are saying

    Steve - May 6, 2011 Reply

    Well, it comes down to structure. There are eight notes in a scale, and notes 1 and 8 are the same except for 8 is eight full notes higher in pitch than 1. What he is demonstrating here is you can pick, pluck or otherwise strike notes 1 and 8 simultaneously to produce a fuller sound. The 12 string guitar follows this principle between the pairs of strings. What he is doing here is showing you how to employ the same principle on a six string guitar to fill out and create emphasis in solos. This makes single note melody lines sound more rich and complex in an easy way.

    Have fun trying this out!

      Yolanda - May 11, 2011 Reply

      I was looking for all Bass Guitar scales and chords. I play bass only.

      Thank you,
      Yolanda Monroy

Chris - May 6, 2011 Reply

Hey Colin,great lesson!!!! Loved it!!

marc - May 6, 2011 Reply

hey jonathan i just got my 30 blues tracks in the mail and wanted to say thanx. it’s all you said it would be and more. i’ve been rockin my house like mad for the last 2 days. peace… p.s. thanx for the link to the home studio set up, i got a ton of info from it and the premium download is well worth it.

Danny - May 7, 2011 Reply

Hi Jonathan,
I received my 3o blues track course today, and am having lots of fun with it. I would like some more information on the A Minor Pentatonic Run cheatsheet. I haven’t found anything that explains the use of this material. Keep up the good work!

vannabis - January 3, 2012 Reply

who makes that guitar?

    Jonathan Boettcher - January 3, 2012 Reply


Blsankey - June 28, 2012 Reply

Ninja , yes you are good , but you’re  to show offey , n not enough explanation of what you re doing in sufficient detail , slow down , and instruct better , leave the show for the stage .

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