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Create Epic Leads With Octaves

By Eric Hufschmid


 

Hey guys,

Today we are going to take a deeper look at using octaves to construct epic lead parts. Octaves are a great way to beef up a simple line and will make any guitar part sound much fuller. Bands like My Chemical Romance and the Foo Fighters have made octaves a staple in their arrangements for these reasons. To make this lesson as easy as possible, make sure you are fingering the octave shape with your 1 and 4 fingers. This makes it easy to mute the middle string with your 1 finger and also keeps the shape easy so you can switch back to your power chords whenever you feel like it.

Have fun guys, and enjoy the lesson!

 

Create a chord progression then create an octave line over the top. Try this in different keys and with different scales. You don’t always have to start the riff on the root note. Try another complimenting tone to give you different sounds.

 
 

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