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Jazz Guitar Octaves - Minor Pentatonic Scale
This week on the GuitarBlog I'm covering Guitar Octaves... When Octave shapes are performed on guitar a very unique interval sound is created that can function upon any degree of any scale. Minor Pentatonic Octaves are a very popular sound that are not only performed by Rock players like Hendrix, or Jazz Guitarists like, Wes Montgomery...
Many other players in many other styles are also using octaves. Blues, R and B, Pop, Smooth-Jazz and even Country players will apply this "Octave Scale" sound. And, since it is such a natural sounding guitar effect, (when performed with or without effects), the ways it can be applied are quite abundant.
Players can apply this "Octave Scales" sound either through melodic fills or on their lead guitar parts. All it takes is learning some basic left-hand muting technique, (so your other surrounding strings are as quiet as possible). Then, you can get to work on organizing the use of the octaves around scale tones. In this video, I'll cover the general technique, we'll look over some scale shapes for Minor Pentatonic and we'll apply octaves in a riff as well. Enjoy the lesson!
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The lesson helps players move away from thinking in terms of shapes and patterns. Examples are given to promote phrasing and timing awareness. Chord tones and melodic planning are also discussed. Watch the video lesson to find out more, Download the FREE MP3 JamTrack and PDF lesson handout for the practice examples.