Today we’re going to learn the first of several techniques which will help take your playing to the next level and allow you to learn and perform a wider variety of songs if you’ve already covered the basics. None of these techniques are difficult to learn in themselves, but they open doors to advanced songs and exercises.

What is an octave?
An octave is very similar to a power chord, in that it consists of two notes, two frets apart and is played in a similar manner. However instead of playing two consecutive strings (e.g E and A) you skip a string. So for example, most commonly either E and D or A and G, with an empty fret between the low string to the high.

Octave Tab

e |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G |---------------------------------------5----------------7--------------|
D |-------5-------5-------3-------5---------------------------------------|
A |---------------------------------------3----------------5--------------|
E |-------3-------3-------1-------3---------------------------------------|

Key Points About Octaves

  • Octaves are great for playing lead-like lines, without leaving the lower register of the guitar or losing “rockiness”.

  • Octaves are neither major or minor

  • Octaves are named after the interval they consist of: (an octave!), whereas powerchords consist of a perfect 5th.

Homework Task – Print this & write a simple octave line

e |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

 

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