How to Play 7 String Guitars?


 Play 7 String Guitars

What is a 7 string guitar?

The 7-string guitar comes with an additional string designated to add more bass (usually a low B) but it can be used to extend the treble range of a 6 string guitar.


This additional string can come in different ways on the fretboard. It can come with an increase in the width of the fretboard which allows the additional string to be fretted with your left hand. Another option involves leaving the fingerboard in a fashion similar to what you see in archlute.


There are many reasons why you might want to add an extra string to your guitar as a professional guitarist, but only two reasons matter most. They are pitch range for greater scope in musical expression. The second is the additional weight and power created from the bass strings.

Some experienced guitarist might make a claim for using a 6 string guitar as they can be made to handle B tuning as well as 7 string guitars. The problem is that the 6 string guitar will handle this tuning but not without intonation issues. 7 string guitars also have different scale lengths, and you could be fortunate enough to find one with a normal scale and additional string.

How to play 7 String Guitar?

To master playing the 7 string, you need to change your approach that you use for playing the instrument. As well as taking advantage of the creative outlet that has been made available at your disposal.

You have to control the pitch range, to begin with. Experimenting with the heavy riffs on the low B string on a regular basis will lead to the production of a boring and stale sound that will tire you out. You have to take advantage of the full range of options available in the 7 string guitar.


You also have to find a way to extend your lead guitar ideas into the new pitch range. The extra string in the 7 string provides you with a unique advantage to make sounds that are not possible on the 6 string. You have to mix the rhythm instrument with the lead guitar scale and arpeggio to create a wide pitch range.

Good tips about 7 String Guitar Exercises.

A) Avoid overusing Low B String.

When playing a 7 string guitar, avoid overusing the low B string. It’s normal for you to want to play around with the new string the moment you take delivery of your 7 string guitar. Don’t overdo it.

While it’s true that a lot of people choose a 7 string guitar for its ability to produce heavy sounding guitar riffs and it is one of the coolest things to do with it.

But you have to make sure you don’t get into that worrying habit of the playing the same rhythm every time.

To reduce going through the motions where your music becomes stale, try to focus on the entire pitch range. Mix in the mid and high range to balance out the sound that comes out of your 7 string guitar.

B) Discover unique chord patterns.

The 7 string guitar can be used for a variety of musical genre. You can try out interesting chords that will not be possible on a 6 string guitar with the 7 string. It doesn’t pose any restriction in style or genre.  Thanks to the extra guitar string, you can give the basic chords a much more impressive sound by using the low B string to play standard and bass guitar simultaneously.

C) Use Lead Guitar on the Low B String.

The 7 string guitar is way much more than an instrument meant for rhythm playing alone. Most players don’t bother to expand their lead guitar’s techniques onto the low B string. And they often miss out on the new guitar licks that were impossible on the 6 string but doable on the 7 string guitar.  The 7 string guitar offers you the freedom to play the lead guitar or use the low B string.

D) Take out the Unwanted Noise.

Removing or minimizing unwanted string noises that come to part with the physical feel of the 7 string guitar due to the additional string and the wider guitar neck.

It does take some getting used to as regards the feel and the ability to eliminate excessive guitar noise.

The way to go is to listen closely while you play so you can hear the unwanted string noises, then use the guitar muting techniques to minimize the noise until the notes you hear become the only ones you want to hear.



About the Author Joe

Hi, I am Joe Nevin, 30 years of age. Despite being involved in a different occupation where I have to work from 9 to 5, I am very passionate about music and playing guitar since I was 12 years old! Thus, being inspired to start with an intention of pursuing my passion as I offer important information in the line of music and guitar.

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