#1
I've been playing a 7 string for quite a while now, such that it has become my main guitar (mainly because my 6 string is crap) however, I feel like I don't really know how to use the low B aside from power chords and stuff. When practicing chromatic/speed exercises, I incorporate the low B string, but for scales and theory and chords I pretty much ignore it. I was wondering if people who play 7 strings know any of any resources specifically for 7 strings or have any tips on making better use of the low B. I would like to know how to incorporate the low B string better, rather than treat my 7 as just a 6 string with a low B string to occasionally play heavy stuff with.
Last edited by Mjollnirswrath at Jun 9, 2011,
#2
Well one thing you could do to learn how to use the 7th string is learn songs by bands that use 7 strings. Dream theater, scar symmetry etc.

I do not own a 7 string, but ive played it alot at my friends place. I just think of a 7 string like a normal guitar with an extra high string ( the high e string ). Makes thinking stuff out much easier. It´s like playing a 6 string, both the e´s have the same frets in a scale for example. On the 7 string its the same with the B´s.

Sorry if that wasent all that helpfull, good luck!
#3
Learn all the notes. Learn scales and not patterns, and learn how to construct your own chords. Music theory, to the rescue.
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#4
you know how all the notes on the low estring are exactly the same as the high e string? well the same goes for both B strings.....

also just remember to learn songs that use 7 string guitars...

and just a side note, the 7 string adds my fav voicings for Gmj/B and G5:

Gmaj/B
e|-3-|
b|-3-|
g|-0-|
d|-0-|
a|-2-|
e|-3-|
b|-0-|

G5/D
e|-3-|
b|-3-|
g|-0-|
d|-0-|
a|-x-|
e|-3-|
b|-3-|


and to find those I just took my 7 string and tried to figure out what notes to add for your regular open chords......
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#5
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#6
Don't think of it as a 'seven-stringed' guitar: think of it as a guitar. Say you had a riff that you played on the low E string. Why are you playing it there? Why not on the low B string for different phrasing? Maybe you have a B chord, and you play the standard 2-4 fret barre chord. Why not use a different phrasing and have the low B as the chord's bass note?

You have to break the mould and realise that there is no invisible line between your low E and B strings. The way to break that mould is to simply play whatever you want (besides chugging) on that string. Have a cool riff on the higher strings? Transpose it lower, or phrase it differently including your B string. Play something high up on the next while utilising your B string.

That's the way you do it: you play around with all the different things you can do on your instrument. That's the same for any instrument. People in my experience don't tend to wonder "oh man, I have a low E string, how do I incorporate this?" They just tend to wonder how they'll use their instrument. I'm still discovering a lot with my eight-string, well over a year on...


Edit: if you want some music to help you out, try Animals As Leaders. He uses an eight-string, but a lot of it is playable on a seven, and a lot of it is clean and uses the seventh string extensively. Have a loot at Inamorata, perhaps, in how that low B is used in the main riffs.
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Last edited by Dayn at Jun 9, 2011,
#8
Quote by krypticguitar87
you know how all the notes on the low estring are exactly the same as the high e string? well the same goes for both B strings.....

also just remember to learn songs that use 7 string guitars...

and just a side note, the 7 string adds my fav voicings for Gmj/B and G5:

Gmaj/B
e|-3-|
b|-3-|
g|-0-|
d|-0-|
a|-2-|
e|-3-|
b|-0-|

G5/D
e|-3-|
b|-3-|
g|-0-|
d|-0-|
a|-x-|
e|-3-|
b|-3-|


and to find those I just took my 7 string and tried to figure out what notes to add for your regular open chords......


if you want to use the high B like a high E string you'd have to tune down the G string to F#... and ignore the high E