#1
I know this has something to do with octaves, but what does it mean?

And how do I play it.?
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#3
Play the note one octave higher than notated.
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#4
Yeah, like everyone says it informs you of octaves.

Why it's written like that (saw some odd program on it once) is something to do with organs (instrument not body stuff) and that an 8 foot (distance) pipe would be one note, and then the octave above that would have to be doubled, and then the next would be double that. It's all to do with soundwaves and the like. Don't completely understand why it's 8 to start off with, but yeah.
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#5
Ok thanks, but how the hell do I move notes on the first string....17 fret?
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#6
As an interval, it means an octave. On a score, 8va means play one octave up, 15ma means play two octaves up, 8vb means play an octave down, and 15mb means play two octaves down.
Why it's written like that (saw some odd program on it once) is something to do with organs (instrument not body stuff) and that an 8 foot (distance) pipe would be one note, and then the octave above that would have to be doubled, and then the next would be double that

That might be why it's called an octave (octa = eight), but it's abbreviated 8va because the Italian for octave is ottava.
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Ok thanks, but how the hell do I move notes on the first string....17 fret?


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