Craig Hlady -

Craig Hlady

The easiest way to create wild sounds using an ordinary riff or scale is to shift one or more of its notes up (or down) an octave—an approach that is simple in concept but tricky to execute on the fly.

“Eric Johnson, John Scofield, Pat Martino, and Jim Hall all use octave displacement to create wide intervals in their solos,” wrote Craig Hlady in this lesson.” The first bar shows an ordinary eight-note C-to-C major scale. See how it is transformed by octave displacement in the two phrases that follow.