Hello everyone, I’m Greg Eleftheriou and welcome to another ‘Metal Songwriter’ video. In this video we ‘re going to talk about the Octaves. The Octave is the interval of eighth. First of all, I would like
to show to you how we can find an octave theoretically, and then I’ll show you how we can play them on the guitar. The interval of an octave is pretty simple to find it theoretically, because we just count 8 notes from the note that we start counting. For example, let’s take the note C. C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. So, we started on C, and the eighth note is C. The octave is the same note, just higher or lower. There are a couple of ways that we
can play an octave on the guitar. and it depends on the finger that we start playing the first note. For example, if we start with the index finger, the patterns are the following ones. From the 6th string, it’s like that. That’s the way we can play an octave. We skip one string and one fret. The same patter happens if I want to
play an octave from the fifth string. Now, from the fourth and the third, we
just move the octave one fret higher. So, from the 6th From the 5th. From the 4th. And from the 3rd string. That’s the first way, the other way is when we start playing
the first note with the 3rd or the 4th (finger). That depends on what’s comfortable for you. Let’s say that I want to play an A note. This is the octave from the 6th string. From the 5th string is like this. And the same from the fourth. I can’t play from the 3rd, because I don’t have more strings. That’s about how we can find and play the octaves, but
let’s see how we can use them to create riffs. The most common way the most useful way (at least to me)
that I can use octaves to create a riff is when I have a melody and I want to make that
sound more complete, have a fuller sound, sound more ‘big’. That’s how I use the octaves, and that’s what
I’m going to do in ‘Example #1’. I just have a melody and play that with octaves. I presonally use the first way, with the index finger, because I find
it pretty comfortable, and I’m pretty comfortable playing with that. So, ‘Example #1’, I have melody and I
play that with octaves. Let’s hear that. So, as you could hear I just had a melody, and I just played that with octaves. And so on, right? Now, for ‘Example #2’, I’ve chosen the clean tone of
my guitar, and that’s a pretty good way. You can play with your clean tone the octaves. Again with the same technique, like you have a melody
and you want to play that with octaves. I chose to play the octaves in a more apeggiated way (articulation). I mean, not one stroke and the whole octave,
but 1st-8th, 1st-8th (in a more arpeggiated way). That works fine, because you can add a third guitar
and have a melody on the background with octaves. That works fine and that’s what I did in ‘Example #2’. I have a guitar playing
the chords and I have a small melody on the background played with octaves. So, let’s hear ‘Example #2’. I am in
C# (natural) minor and let’s hear that. A very good way to use the octaves, is when you
have a riff and you have some small melodic lines. It’s pretty good when you play those lines with octaves.
That’s what I’m gonna do in ‘Example #3’. I have riff and I’ve combined that with some octave lines. Let’s hear ‘Example #3’. So, as you heard in ‘Example #3’, I had a riff and I
used some small melodic lines to make that sound more interesting..maybe! The riff is like this. And here come the octaves. Riff. Octaves. That’s the whole concept. You have a riff and
you have some small melodies played with octaves. Many bands have done that and it works pretty fine. Let’s revise that. We can use octaves: both with distortion and clean channel. Both on the foreground, the main riff can have octaves, or
some additional guitar on the background can have octaves. And the third way is: I have a riff and
I combine that with some melodies played with octaves. That’s all about the octaves, that’s all I can think about the octaves. Please feel free to comment below and expose your ideas about some future videos. I would be glad to see all these comments. You can find the tabs and the diagrams about how we can play an octave. That’s all about the octaves, thank you very much for watching
this video and I hope you find it useful. See you on the next videos.