Looking for simple 7 strings songs, standard tuning

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  1. pott

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    Just got my first 7 strings guitar (I know I know!) and I want to get started with a couple of tunes.

    I tried some Nevermore and Monuments last night, and realized none of the songs I was getting to were in standard B tuning (I don't want to down-tune because the guitar has a vibrato which I've not blocked yet). Sound of Silence was in Bb, I the Destroyer uses a weird tuning... Eh.

    I tried 'Circular' by Textures and while the song is indeed in standard 7 strings tuning, I've never played songs with this type of rhythm and am FAR from being able to play this fluently, even though it's not that demanding technically.

    So I'm looking for some more straight-forward songs to try my hand(s) at 7 string playing. Anything Dream Theater until Octavarium, easy Periphery from Alpha/Omega (can't stand anything else they did), Tesseract (if relatively straightforward) etc...

    Even if I'm not sure to like or have heard of, there's no bad suggestions :) And yes, I'm looking at multiple forums, threads etc... but I also do like to get up-to-date suggestions!
     
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    Pretty much all of Korn's stuff.
     
  4. Lorcan Ward

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    Check out anything by Carcass, At the Gates and Soilwork(earlier). They don't play 7s but they are tuned to B standard so you can play all the riffs. Thats what i played to get the hang of 7s when I first got one.
     
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    Amon Amarth songs are 6 string in B standard but very easily played on a 7 in standard and fun to play.
     
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    Literally At the Gates & Amon Amarth. Also Unearth.

    They will get you used to using the 7th string and you won't "waste time" learning technique like if you were trying to play some tech-death stuff.
     
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    Talks about tech death, any good gateway bands/albums that can help someone who wants to learn the style? As a style, it is technically impressive but I have to wonder if I want to learn the style then which bands should be first to learn?
     
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    Good call on Amon Amarth :) Actually the first song I played on the JPX-7 was Slaves of Fear!

    Will give At the Gates some thoughts. The new album was amazing... there'll surely be a riff or two I want to grab from there.

    Thanks! Keep'em coming :)
     
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    At The Gates blinded by fear is honestly 3 riffs, a small solo, and a bridge. The end. You can learn it in an afternoon and refine it over the next week. I learned it back in March (I'm new to 7's too).
     
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    Great suggestion from a great album, thanks!

    Also just remembered: The Glass Prison (the first Dream Theater I ever heard, and the song that got me into the band) is also played on a standard-tuned 7 strings, has some time signature changes and is just technical enough overall to be challenging (rhythm wise of course; I won't even try the leads!).
     
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    Korn plays one step down.. but it's all still played the same.
     
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    The Mirror and Lie by Dream Theater are straightforward in spots. The guitar solo is pretty facemelting, of course, but if you hold off on tackling that, that's one place you could start.

    Pretty much everything that gets my blood pumping, though, is down a half or whole step, it seems. It's a common problem nowadays. In the 90's, I got a seven string so I could avoid having to retune to play songs that were a whole step down or a step and a half down. Now you need a damn nine string to play along with stuff, since so many bands using eight strings are even tuning down to F or E or whatever...
     
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    Fallujah
    Beyond Creation
    Spawn of Possession
    Animals as Leaders (Some only use 7 strings)
    Scar Symmetry (Some are Standard, others drop A)
     
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    Yes, absurdly simple songs, especially Beyond Creation and Spawn of Possession. :rolleyes:
     
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    :eek: woops i somehow skipped the "simple" part haha
    looks like I failed, specially with spawn of possession :nuts::nuts:
     
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    The new ATG album would be a perfect place to start. There are so many good riffs on it and they really utilise the low B string. I think the whole album is on Ultimate Guitar in guitar pro format so you can dive straight in.
     
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    I recall my first seven string and the albums I was into then:

    Darkane - Insanity and the Expanding Senses
    The Haunted - Made me Do It


    If you haven't heard these albums, I hope you give them a listen. Both are very good.
     
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    trivium- kirisute gomen and down from the sky
     
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    "A Change Of Seasons" by Dream Theater is in B-standard, easy (by DT standards) and fun to play.
    "Enemy Inside" gets your right hand going, also check out the main riff from "Dark Eternal Night".
     

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