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Old 12-13-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
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7 string vs 6 string tuned in B

i play a 6 string tuned in B standard. the other day i played a 7 string for the first time and i noticed that some where in the high strings, something was off. then i realized that my guitar is tuned B E A D F# B and the 7 string was tuned B E A D G B E. my question is am i tuned wrong on my 6 string? it sounds right when i play it but i don't understand why one goes D F# B and the other goes D G B.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:48 PM   #2
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A seven string just adds the extra string. There is a difference between b-standard and having an extra string on the instrument-you dig?
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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You're not tuned wrong. They're both acceptable, just depending on if your string is 7 or 6. BEADF#B (for 6 string) is known as Baritone tuning by the way. I think it's a preference to the player and their guitar but that's as far as I know.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_tuning
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:16 PM   #4
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ok then let me re-phrase the question... what is the difference?
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:24 PM   #5
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Preference.

Some chords might be shaped differently.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:44 PM   #6
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The difference is with the 7-string the low B is added as an extension to a normal 6-string. So you get
6: E A D G B e
7: B E A D G b e

B standard is a result of down-tuning the normal standard tuning 2 whole steps & 1 half step.

B: B E A D F# b

The difference is from the method of arriving at the tuning. Mathedes is right though that it really is just preference really.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:32 PM   #7
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ok that's a bit more helpful. i understand the down tuning bit but if all the rest of the strings fall in line i don't understand why that one string is different. oh well... it really doesn't matter because it was fun but there are a lot of things i didn't like about the 7 string so i'll most likely stick with the down tuned 6er... i guess i need to brush up on some fundamentals of theory though... thanks guys.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:00 PM   #8
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it has to do with how its tuned. Between G and B in standard, or on a seven string, is a 2 step interval. Then Between B and E its a 2 and a half, just like between the other strings. In order to compensate for the lack of the string, but still allow for scales and that ilk to be played the same, a six string in B is BEADF#B (D to F# is 2 whole steps, D D# E F F#) but on a seven, to keep it intervallically the same as a six, the strings are tuned in the same fashion. So think of the seven as a six string plus a low b in standard, its completely different pretty much.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:06 PM   #9
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it has to do with how its tuned. Between G and B in standard, or on a seven string, is a 2 step interval. Then Between B and E its a 2 and a half, just like between the other strings. In order to compensate for the lack of the string, but still allow for scales and that ilk to be played the same, a six string in B is BEADF#B (D to F# is 2 whole steps, D D# E F F#) but on a seven, to keep it intervallically the same as a six, the strings are tuned in the same fashion. So think of the seven as a six string plus a low b in standard, its completely different pretty much.


just say major 3rd and 4th. i don't think i've heard somebody talk about music in "steps" since grade school

but other than that, accurate info
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:19 PM   #10
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just say major 3rd and 4th. i don't think i've heard somebody talk about music in "steps" since grade school

but other than that, accurate info


Step is perfectly valid terminology. I'm at university for music and we say step all the time.
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:20 PM   #11
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^What no whimsical comment about people who play guitars with more than 4 strings or that TS should quit dicking around and play a bass if he's gonna tune that low? The potential was here. You're losing your touch Hail.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:44 PM   #12
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wait he's playing a guitar? i thought he was just playing an oddly tuned 7 string bass

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Step is perfectly valid terminology. I'm at university for music and we say step all the time.


i'd say step if you were moving in steps or to forego enharmonic semantics, but it seems clunky to me to not maintain context between two intervals in the same system that's been around since the beginning of time. in fact, i honestly don't think i've ever heard a guitar's tuning being describe as anything but fourths with a major third between the 2nd and 3rd strings outside of, like, guitar center lol

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