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Ban dwa g on Mu s i c S t ud i o s
OCTAVES
Using octaves is a simple way to add some variety
to bass playing.
Octave means to play the same named note but as
a higher or lower version.
For example if you were playing E on string 3 fret
7 then the lower octave E would be string 4 open.
Both notes have the same name but the low E is
an octave lower than the original E.
You could also play a higher E on string 1 fret 9.
This E would be an octave higher than the original
E.
You can jump all around the guitar playing octaves
just by knowing the names of notes but we
usually rely on this fingering pattern. It’s easy to
remember by thinking of the number two - two
strings across and two frets apart.
Both of these are G notes.
Finger 3 – plays the higher octave note.
O
O
O
O
O
O
Finger 1 – plays the lower octave note.
Both of these are D notes.
Finger 3 – plays the higher octave note.
O
O
O
O
O
O
Finger 1 – plays the lower octave note.
You can play the pattern in two ways -
1. One note after the other. You can do this in
any order - start on the low note or start on the
high note.
2. The notes can also be played at the same time.
You can pick each string with a separate picker -
either a pick and finger 3, or your thumb and
finger 1. The other way to play is to “Slam Pick”
all the strings. Here you pick all the strings but
the left hand will be doing two jobs. One is to
make the notes of your octave sound while
deadening out the unwanted strings.