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What Are Octaves?

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    An octave is an interval between one musical pitch and another with half or double its frequency.

    In other words, an octave is the same note at a higher or lower pitch.

    Take the low E string, for example. We’ll find another E note on the D string at the 2nd fret. This allows you to double up the note to create a strong statement.

    Try it for yourself! Below you’ll find octaves for these open strings: E, A, D, and G.

    You can move the pattern around to create octaves all over the fretboard:

    Use Of Octaves Example

    Here is an example of the real-world use of octaves. This is the fiery intro to the Jimi Hendrix classic “Fire”.