#1
(sorry if I've posted in the wrong subforum)
Just a curiosity question,

Drop A on a 7 string is basically E standard with an extra low A so AEADGBe but on a 6 string, it's AEADF#B.
Out of curiosity, all the other notes on the 6 string moved to the left one place (So E becomes an A, A becomes an E, D becomes an A, etc.), but why does the B on a 6 string turn into an F# rather than a G?

And also out of curiosity, how would I go about translating 6 string drop A, drop G# (like Architects) onto my 7 string? 
Don't get me wrong, I love my 7 string very much, but it seems most music i listen to, even the bands with really dropped low tunings play on 6 strings. I want to translate them somehow to my 7 string so it doesn't seem to be used for anything other than playing random melodies..
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#2
Well, going from Drop A on a 6-string (with an F# string) to Drop A on a 7-string (with a G string) is as simple as playing anything on the F# string DOWN one fret when tuned to a G note. For instance, the 3rd fret on an open string tuned to F# would be an A note; playing that same note on an open string tuned to a G note would only be the 2nd fret.
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#3
It's because of intervals. 6-string drop A is a drop D like tuning with all strings tuned a fourth down. On the other hand, 7-string drop A is a standard tuning with an added low A string.

The 7-string guitar is not the same as a drop tuned 6 string guitar with an added high string. The 7-string guitar is a 6-string guitar with an added low string.

There needs to be a major third between the 3rd and 2nd string, and that applies to both the 7- and the 6-string guitar.

         (7) 6  5  4  3  2  1

7-string: B  E  A  D  G  B  E
           p4 p4 p4 p4 M3 p4

6-string:    E  A  D  G  B  E
              p4 p4 p4 M3 p4

As you can see, in both tunings the intervals are exactly the same. The 7-string guitar just has an added low B string, that is a perfect 4th lower than the low E string of the 6-string guitar.

Notice that the 3rd string is G and the 2nd string is B in both tunings, and the interval between them is a major third.

Now let's look at the drop A tuning:

         (7) 6  5  4  3  2  1

7-string: A  E  A  D  G  B  E
           p5 p4 p4 p4 M3 p4

6-string:    A  E  A  D  F# B
              p5 p4 p4 M3 p4

When we are talking about "drop X" tuning, that means that you drop the lowest string a whole step down from standard, but all of the other strings are tuned like in standard. This means there's a perfect 5th between the lowest and the second lowest string. But all of the other intervals stay the same as in standard. So on 6-string guitars the interval pattern for the tuning comes from drop D tuning, and 6-string drop A is basically just a transposed version of drop D.

In 7-string drop A, the 3rd string is G and the 2nd string is B. Again, that's a major third. But because the 3rd string in 6-string drop A is D, the 2nd string needs to be an F#, because D-F# is a major third. If it was A E A D G B, then the major third would be between the 2nd and 1st strings and there would be a perfect fourth between the 3rd and 2nd strings. This would most likely result in awkward chord shapes.

Now, how to play 6-string drop A songs in 7-string drop A? Just play everything that's supposed to be played on the F# string of the 6-string a half step lower. But actually, why not just tune the G string of your 7-string guitar a half step down? That would be the simplest solution (so the tuning would be A E A D F# B E). Of course that's not the most conventional 7-string tuning, but who cares? Same with drop G# songs (though I would prefer calling it drop Ab but that's just me). You would tune your guitar a half step down, but instead of tuning the G string of your 7-string down to F#, tune it down to F (so the tuning would be Ab Eb Ab Db F Bb Eb). This way you wouldn't need to make any changes to the fingerings.
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Last edited by MaggaraMarine at Jul 17, 2017,
#4
periphery has a lot of songs played on a six that is just seven string tuning without the high e
just remember that drop A on a seven the base tuning is still e standard
on a six string the base tuning is B standard
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#5
Yeah dropping the G string down to F# solves all your problems. It basically turns your 7-string from E-Standard tuned guitar with extra low B string to B Standard tuned guitar with extra high E, which you can ignore most of the time.

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Last edited by MaaZeus at Jul 18, 2017,
#6
Quote by MaggaraMarine
Same with drop G# songs (though I would prefer calling it drop Ab but that's just me). You would tune your guitar a half step down, but instead of tuning the G string of your 7-string down to F#, tune it down to F (so the tuning would be Ab Eb Ab Db F Bb Eb)

It's not just you, I really wish they would fix some of the stupid tunings they have on the site because they insist on using all sharps. For instance, that one there would be G# D# G# C# E# A# D# although they'd probably incorrectly call it G# D# G# C# F A# D# with a flat 4th instead of a major 3rd.
#7
Quote by MaaZeus
Yeah dropping the G string down to F# solves all your problems. It basically turns your 7-string from E-Standard tuned guitar with extra low B string to B Standard tuned guitar with extra high E, which you can ignore most of the time.

So then would the 7 string become AEADF#BE?

btw thanks to all helping answer my curiosity question
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#8
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Exactly. Ben Eller made a whole video dedicated to this alternate 7 string tuning and how to effectively use it without neglecting the high e string completely. I'm on mobile right now so I cannot link it directly for the moment.

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