Watch the Octaves online guitar lesson by Charles Chapman from Interval Insights
Octaves are used throughout all styles of music, but jazz guitarists are particularly fond of this particular spacing. The guitarist most known for this intervallic phrasing was Wes Montgomery. When octaves are spaced by a string, the string in between is typically muted while the right hand used a strumming motion with the pick or - as in the case of Wes Montgomery - with the thumb. This creates a nice forward percussion motion that is often desired. When two strings are spaced between the intervals either the finger or pick & fingers of the right hand are often used, as in our performance. The abbreviation for octave is 8va.
1- Octaves Played Single
2- Ascending & Descending Octaves
3- Played Single in 3rds
4- Octaves Played Simultaneous
5- Octaves Played Simultaneous in 3rds