Mastering Octaves On Guitar

This lesson focuses on not only how to play octaves across all strings on the guitar, but the theory behind what an octave is as well.

Octaves are used all over the place in all types of music from popular to jazz. They create a very full yet airy sound when done correctly.

While you are watching this lesson, be sure to pay close attention the muting done by the fret hands first finger. Not muting all the strings that you aren't playing can cause a mess. 🙂

At the end of the video I demonstrate a way that you can create your own musical phrases using octaves and if you practice them like that it will be a lot more fun to you.


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Mastering Octaves On Guitar


  1. Guitar Teacher on March 10, 2010 at 12:04 am

    All of your video tutorials were all very helpful with the way you go through them, with all the details and technicalities that you have shown. May you be able to help more aspiring guitarists out there.

  2. Carl Brown on March 10, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Thanks man, good luck in your teachings as well. Cheers!! Carl..

  3. jankrix on May 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Hi, carl 🙂 I start with this one hehehe

  4. jankrix on May 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    OMG! so this one called octaves? I’ve been playing with this for years and just know this called octaves, thanks carl!

  5. johnny on May 31, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    villanova junction

  6. Basel Khalil on July 14, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Octaves are Coool
    Thanks Carl

  7. Esteban Rodas on June 15, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    thanks man from Guatemala!!

  8. remi st pierre on January 29, 2016 at 6:05 am

    been playing on and off 27 years only through tabs and now getting lessons from beginner to music theory to everything on this site is making me much better and making guitar playing funner then ever. thanks Carl

  9. zois asimakopoulos on September 8, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Thanks a lot Carl, great lesson. You make it seem so easy…

  10. Michael LeCuyer on January 3, 2018 at 6:27 am

    Hi Carl. I enjoy the lessons and will look at a premium membership with you. When I hear the moving octave I hear Smashing Pumpkins cir 1993

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