How to Use Octaves in a Solo

Learn how to use octaves in a solo with this keyboard tutorial from Howcast.


Hi. This is Stephanie Sanders from Tomato's House of Rock and I'm going to show you how to use octaves in your solo. So what I basically mean by that is sometimes you can take a very simple pattern. But if you move it to different octaves it can create a really nice effect and kind of make your solo sound a lot more fancy than it might actually be.

So a pattern that I'm going to show you right now is just going to be somewhat of a double stop, which we also saw in another video. I'm going to play D, E, C, but I'm going to add in the G when I play the D. So I'm going to have... You can also add it like I did with the C as well.

So there's just my pattern. So if I've just got... that's pretty and even if I played it a couple times in a row it might still sound pretty. So from right there you could even develop a solo. But to give it some more dynamics to really take it some places, you can use that same exact pattern and just start moving it around the octaves. So then I might have... Just to slow that down a little bit for you, we would have... Let's hear what it sounds like actually with some music.

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