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power octaves

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by xxfaux_punkxx, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. xxfaux_punkxx


    Mar 18, 2010
    watched a video with john paul jones the other day and he was discussing power octaves.

    To my understanding this would be like playing a note simultaneously with it's octave either higher or lower. For instance stricking an open A while and the fifth fret on the E string.

    The purpose is to give more ompf the note.

    Now my question is just to better understand the purpose and usefullness of this tecnique... or even if my understanding is correct at all.
  2. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    In higher registers you can throw in the fifth and have yourself a more fleshed out major chord
  3. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    This would be unison, not an octave.

    This is correct.
  4. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    He does the unison/octave on the Whole Lotta Love riff.

    EDIT: I belive this is the video you're talking about
  5. hennessybass

    hennessybass Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2008
    Bayou City
    and you end up with this...
  6. SteC


    Mar 20, 2012
    New York
    Very cool. Must try this at some point.
  7. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I do it all the time. It's great. Used to do it trying to imitate Tom Petersson's 12 string on a couple Cheap Trick tunes we were doing, then started incorporating it into songs I wrote and other covers I did.
  8. Schmorgy


    Jul 2, 2012
    It's also referred to as an octave chord and it can be great for bass soloing or jazz bass where bass chords get used a lot. It's also up there with the 10th chord for its very clean voicing and the fact that it's well above the low interval limit anywhere on the bass' neck (doesn't sound the least bit muddy on the first fret or open strings)
  9. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    Where's the third?
  10. fmoore200


    Mar 22, 2011
    You're absolutely right! I can't believe I missed that... Lol brain fart
  11. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Los Angeles, CA
    I like doing this in anticipation of moving a bassline to a higher or lower octave... really helps accent notes on the low B.
  12. musicman666


    Sep 11, 2011
    Not to derail the thread but in that isolated clip of JPJ it sounds like he's using a pick. Just thought he played with fingers.....

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