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The 7-String Guitar: How to Navigate That Extra String

May 23, 2018

7 String GuitarIf you’ve already mastered guitar chords and guitar chord transitions on your normal, 6-string guitar, why not take it up a notch?  Experimenting with a 7-string guitar can be a great way to enhance your skills and try something new, once you’ve been taking guitar lessons for a while.

However, even though it’s just one more string, the transition can be tricky for some. To help you get started with the 7-string guitar, here’s a great article by Tom Hess, featuring some great tips for navigating that extra string:


Are you struggling with musical creativity on 7 string guitar? If so, don’t worry. …This is actually a very common issue for most 7 string guitarists. This is especially the case if the majority of your time has been spent playing on a 6 string guitar. Even though there are many similarities between 7 and 6 string guitar, 7 string guitar brings many new things to the table in terms of its physical feel and potential for creative musical expression.

To become an excellent 7 string guitar player, you will need to fully understand how to overcome any challenges that arise with your new instrument. It is also necessary for you to become aware of all the new guitar playing possibilities that will help you express yourself better in your music. As you continue reading the rest of this article, I will show you many new ideas to help you express yourself creatively in your 7 string guitar playing.

Integrate The Low B String Into Your Lead Guitar Playing
Since a 7 string guitar essentially adds a bass string onto the guitar, many guitarists consider the instrument to be primarily used for rhythm. However, this is only a single piece of the puzzle. In fact, 7 string guitar is unique because it gives you a great opportunity to extend your lead guitar playing into the lower range as well. To get the most from this instrument, extend the scale and arpeggio patterns you know from 6 string guitar onto the low B string. This will help you to expand the pitch range of your lead guitar phrases to make it more similar to piano. If you don’t know how to do this yourself, find a guitar teacher who knows how to effectively teach these 7 string guitar playing concepts.

Discover And Build Unique Chord Patterns
The 7 string guitar can be used to create many interesting chords that are not possible on a 6 string guitar. In most cases, musicians will use the 7 string guitar to play in a metal style; however, you are not limited to this