Learn Octaves on Bass Guitar (And How to Play Them)

An octave is the first type of interval and dyad you need to learn about for bass guitar.

What is an octave on bass?

An octave refers to the same note being played at the next highest pitch.

For example, you can play the C note at the 8th fret of your E string, and you can also play the C note at the 10th fret of your D string. When you play them together, you get an “octave”.

Octave on bass guitar: C to C

How to play octaves anywhere

The easiest way to find and play an octave on the bass is by moving down 2 strings and up 2 frets from your starting note.

That’s an octave

Yay! now you know how to play octaves on bass guitar.

Now let’s learn about perfect 5th intervals, and how to play a power chord on the bass.