#1
I know the "point" of using a 7-string is getting to the lower stuff without having to droptune like crazy.

How does it work though? Like, with B on the lowest string and E on the second lowest, they don't form a traditional power chord shape right? How do you work the B with the other strings? Or don't you? Is it there to do bass on it's own?

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#2
Quote by Rainmaker31
I know the "point" of using a 7-string is getting to the lower stuff without having to droptune like crazy.

How does it work though? Like, with B on the lowest string and E on the second lowest, they don't form a traditional power chord shape right? How do you work the B with the other strings? Or don't you? Is it there to do bass on it's own?

Thanks!

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#3
Yes, just like the B and high E string on a normal guitar they form a traditional powerchord. So you can do chords and octaves and shit just like you would do on a normal standard tuned guitar.
#4
They do form a traditional power chord shape, because B is the fifth of E. There's no mystery to it, really. With a 7 string, you have two E strings, and two B strings, and the relationship between the low B and E is the same as their higher string cousins. Scale patterns and chord shapes are the exact same, except you have a lower octave, or play inversions with lower notes in the bass.

If you play your root on the third fret of B (D), and your 5th at the fifth fret on E (A), you have a plain old power chord shape. In this case, a D5.
#5
Yes BEADGBe and for a 5 string bass its BEADG These instruments make it alot easier then drop tuning 6 strings.
#6
Dear god I'm dumb haha. I've been puzzling over this for a while now thinking it wasn't a power chord, because I was looking at it backwards (from E to B, as opposed to from B to E)

I'm trying to figure out how you would "tranpose" stuff, but I'm getting confused in a few points.

Like, if you wanted to play something that was written in Drop B on a 6 string, what would you use on a 7 string? Keep the B where it is, and downtune the others? What about the extra string?


Thanks!
#7
Quote by Rainmaker31
Dear god I'm dumb haha. I've been puzzling over this for a while now thinking it wasn't a power chord, because I was looking at it backwards (from E to B, as opposed to from B to E)

I'm trying to figure out how you would "tranpose" stuff, but I'm getting confused in a few points.

Like, if you wanted to play something that was written in Drop B on a 6 string, what would you use on a 7 string? Keep the B where it is, and downtune the others? What about the extra string?


Thanks!


You have any number of options:

Keep the low B and tune everything else up
Tune it to 6s string drop B and then have an extra high string
Tune the whole thing three half steps and then drop the "E" string to a B.
Tune the whole thing down three half steps and then tune the E and B strings down a tone.

I can't be bothered to remember or figure out how those tunings figure out but that's the options. Really I probably wouldn't bother unless the song was awesome and the key of the song was vital for the singer. If the singer doesn't absolutely need it to be in B then I'd either go for drop A or 6 string drop D.
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#8
there are quite a few of alternate tuning, i don't really remember. i had one. i don't like them. i personally would go for a baritone guitar, which is like a 7 string but doesn't have the small e string so the neck profile isn't as drastic. a lot of people like 7's but i just coudn't get used to them.
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