#1
I'm not sure if this is in the right thread but anyway..... Steve Vai's The Audience Is Listening is recorded on a 7 string guitar and is transcribed as so, but live, he played the exact same thing in his 6 string jem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUddr0ziOQM) , can anyone tell me how? Is it just a master-class in improvisation or different tuning or what?
#2
I'm not familiar with the song at all. But he could have just tuned a six string down, or it's possible all the notes he hit in on the seventh string were achievable on a standard six-string.
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ive been wondering this too... that version of the song is absolutely godly, 10 times better then on record
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or it's possible all the notes he hit in on the seventh string were achievable on a standard six-string.


The 7th string is tuned to B, then standard tuning.
#5
hmm, yeah i'm quite intrigued now too.
he might have been using his Whammy pedal to pitch shift down for the 7-stringed parts?
i'm not familiar with that pedal so can't say for sure, but i know he has one.
#6
I'll try and explain. Open up your power tab to follow along.


Watch at 1:45 on the video. He Plays the D power chord an octave higher, on the A string

For the riff on bar 63 in the power tab (played by another guitarist), he replaces it with the riff from bar 67. No B string required

The power chord slide at 2:29 is just an inverted power chord. 5th fret E and D string, then just slide down to the 3rd fret

The solo at bar 131 isn't played

At bar 139, the bass plays that part, and the other guy plays the aforementioned inverted power chord.

Any other miscellaneous B string use is just changed slightly. It's all power chord wankage, nobody can tell the difference
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#8
yeah just inverted power chords. By playing the 5th below the root, u create a deeper sound.

Also his back-up guitarists might be playing 7 strings?

But I just tuned my guitar to drop D and i could play the whole thing. But that was before i knew about inverted power chords.

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Is it just a master-class in improvisation or different tuning or what?


It's a masterclass in getting Dave Weiner to play all the 7 string stuff
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