Chugging Octaves

Hi there, Josh. I am currently working on Paranoid by Black Sabbath and the chugging octaves are kicking my butt. Any advice as to how to cleanly and quickly hit the root and octave alternately without flying fingers? Thanks for the wonderfully useful and funny videos. I find myself chuckling through much of the video - you make learning fun! Keep it up!


Hey, @denise . . . :slight_smile:

You might check out Module 12 Lessons 1 and 2 in @JoshFossgreen’s B2B course. He covers this topic in those sections.

HTH and all best, Joe


I totally know what she means - I had the same problem.

What I ended up with was to fret the root with my index finger, the octave with my pinky, and then put my other fingers on the same string as the pinky. This ends up making fretting the octave easier. I leave both notes fingered like that. It makes muting a little more tricky on the pinky but it still works.

The drawback is I have a lot of string noise when I move the octave around. Accuracy when initially fretting it is tougher too.

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Josh got me started on bass 2.5 years ago! I would never have pursued it if not for him! Sounds like it may be time to go through B2B sessions again. Thanks for pointing out where to find this topic!