Playing 6 string drop A and G songs on 7 string.

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  1. landmvrks

    landmvrks SS.org Regular

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    This may be a stupid question, so forgive me as a 7 string noob, but can I play 6 string drop A and drop G songs on a 7 string by just tuning the guitar so A is on the low 7 string and so on, then just ignore the top string as if it weren't there? I have a few guitars I'll be setting up that will fit the tension tuned this way for 7 strings songs, and it would make sense not to have to buy a separate baritone 6 string just for super low tunings like this when I could just use a 7.
     
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    RobDobble6S7 Lizard Man

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  3. Glades

    Glades Down in the Everglades

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    Yes. But your G string on the 7 will be a Gb/F# in the 6 string.
    7: A (7str); A (6str)
    6: E (7str); E (6str)
    5: A (7str); A (6str)
    4: D (7str); D (6str)
    3: G (7str); Gb (6str)
    2: B (7str); B (6str)
    1: e (7str); - (6str)
     
  4. Dan_Vacant

    Dan_Vacant Hi I'm Dan.

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    Yup. I play crowbar and carcass on a 7 string both band play 6 string guitar tuned to B though.
    Like Glades mentioned there is the half step differnce on the 3rd string of a 7 string compared to the 2nd string of 6 string. I don't bother returning and try to just play a fret over from the orginal guitar part.
     
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    Un1corn Instant Djent Machine

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    Of course it will be totally fine
     
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    xzacx SS.org Regular

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    All you have to do to make it essentially a 6 with an extra high string (rather than the other way around) is to just tune the 3rd sting a half step down.
     
  7. landmvrks

    landmvrks SS.org Regular

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    Ok great, thanks for explaining that. What I don't understand, is that a band I want to learn songs from plays in a couple of tunings including G# F A# D# G C and A# F A# D# G C. If playing these on a 7 string, am I achieving the 6th string F by tuning up from the standard E, or down from E all the way to F? There's no other tunings I would play that would tune that string down anywhere near that far, but I've also never had to tune up from standard before.
     
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    akinari SS.org Regular

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    Tuning up from E. Those are just drop A# and drop A# with the low string dropped an additional tone to G#
     
  9. landmvrks

    landmvrks SS.org Regular

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    Right on, thanks. So all of those are tuning up? I've never tuned up from standard before, foreign concept to me for sure.. especially considering it's heavy music. I guess the fact they are on different strings than normal is the cause for it.
     
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    Drop A# would be drop D tuning down 2 whole steps on a 6 string, or tuning half a step up from drop A on a 7. Those are the 6 string versions listed.
     

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