Here we will show you a tool to further improve your solo. We are talking about Octave Displacement also called Octave Dispersion.

The idea is very simple: playing with octaves. The cool thing is that, even working only with tonal notes (without outside notes, it is possible to get a different sound! This study will help you to solo in a less linear and “cooler” way.

Before working further on the technique, try playing the examples below. Here we are just playing each note of the Cmaj7 chord followed by the same note an octave above, which is already cool:

octave displacement

Playing with scales

Now let’s do the following: we will play a note from C major scale and the next note of the scale will be played one octave higher, and so on. Then, in the next bar, we will do the opposite: we will start with a high note and work with the next note one octave below. Check it out:

octave dispersion

Playing with Arpeggios

In the next example, we will work on this concept on the arpeggio of Em7:

em7 arpeggio

You can expand these ideas to other scales as well. Try it!

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