#1
Hey everyone,
I just bought a 7 string....I play in a band where currently i use a 6 string tuned to Drop B (C# standard with bottom string dropped to B).
I would like to use my new 7 string in my band, however, i dont want to tune the 7 string the to the normal 7 string tuning BEADGBE...I dont want to have to transcribe all the riffs into this different tuning...
Any ideas of how i could tune the 7 string so that it would work with the other guitarist who is still playing a 6 string in Drop B???

Thanks

P.S. I dont want to use the normal seven string tuning and have to deal with having to transcribe everything the other guitarist plays into the standard 7 string tuning
#2
You could either transcribe all the riffs into Drop A, or you could tune up your other strings to C# standard pitch, or you could detune to Drop A and use a capo on the second fret
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#3
Tune the seven string to standard tuning but drop the B to A, or leave the low B as is and try to tune everything else a step above standard. Use lighter strings and you may have to set up your guitar for it, but it works. I've done it before.
#4
Drop to A and a capo.
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#5
all of the above are great alternates. personally, i'd just tune up all the strings besides th low B up a step.
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#6
Play in standard while the other guitarist is in drop, have fun playing a couple more tones than him =]
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#7
get dean markley blue steels 09-56, its what im using, and i can tune my guitar up to drop b, just tune all youre eadgbe to f#-B-E-G#-C#-F#. it sounds nice on solos too! if you want a good band who use drop b and seven strings, i suggest all shall perish. also with these strings ive been able to tune them to tunings like C Standard etc, but i havent tried drop c or C# tunings yet. hope i helped!
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Drop to A and a capo.


This is your best bet. Unless you tell your other guitarists to tune down.
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#9
Start with standard 7 string BEADGbe, compare to drop B on a 6 B F# B E G# C#

So keep the low B the same, raise the rest of the strings up a full step. Keep in mind, that you'll have a bit of difference because the 2nd and 3rd string are only 4 frets off instead of 5, giving you B F# B E A C# F#. However, you can make that difference between 3rd and 4th string instead, and get B F# B E G# C# F#.

Normally we think of the 7th string as being an extra lower string, but this tuning essentially is giving you an extra high string, since your bottom 6 are the same as drop B.

To do it another way, keep drop B tuning on the top 6, and use your lowest string to be F# or G#. Super low and brutal. Dont quote me on this, but I think Meshuggah may use that tuning.
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all of the above are great alternates. personally, i'd just tune up all the strings besides th low B up a step.


I included that in my post

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get dean markley blue steels 09-56, its what im using, and i can tune my guitar up to drop b, just tune all youre eadgbe to f#-B-E-G#-C#-F#. it sounds nice on solos too! if you want a good band who use drop b and seven strings, i suggest all shall perish. also with these strings ive been able to tune them to tunings like C Standard etc, but i havent tried drop c or C# tunings yet. hope i helped!


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#11
[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']I included that in my post

I know you did, Vic, just sayin what I personally would do. lol
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I know you did, Vic, just sayin what I personally would do. lol


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actually TS asked this whole forum
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actually TS asked this whole forum


I'm glad you got my point there.
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[quote="'[VictorinoX"]']I'm glad you got my point there.
ha, yeah. lol
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#16
Honestly... I'd just transcribe the riffs. You'll be a better musician for it. You will better learn how to play in a different tuning than your bandmate. Bipolar used to do this. Mark(lead guitarist) played in Drop B, and David(rhythm) played in standard.
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Honestly... I'd just transcribe the riffs. You'll be a better musician for it. You will better learn how to play in a different tuning than your bandmate. Bipolar used to do this. Mark(lead guitarist) played in Drop B, and David(rhythm) played in standard.


I know I could just transcribe the songs to standard 7 string tuning..however alot of what we do is jamming and just improvising on the fly often times using many different modes and such...If i see the other guitar player playing B phrygian i dont want to have to transcribe that to my tuning in my head 3 seconds before i have a solo ..it just wont be very handy...
But i think ill go with for now keeping the top six strings in drop B and then the heaviest string a G# or maybe even F# (time for bass strings)
Any other suggestions?