What key do you write in mostly when writing for 7 string guitars?

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What key do you write in mostly when writing for 7 string guitars?

  1. C

    5 vote(s)
    12.2%
  2. C#

    2 vote(s)
    4.9%
  3. D

    6 vote(s)
    14.6%
  4. D#

    3 vote(s)
    7.3%
  5. E

    7 vote(s)
    17.1%
  6. F

    2 vote(s)
    4.9%
  7. F#

    2 vote(s)
    4.9%
  8. G

    5 vote(s)
    12.2%
  9. G#

    5 vote(s)
    12.2%
  10. A

    15 vote(s)
    36.6%
  11. A#

    4 vote(s)
    9.8%
  12. B

    12 vote(s)
    29.3%
  13. I play mostly in with B-standard / open B tuning

    10 vote(s)
    24.4%
  14. I play mostly with drop (A etc.) tuning and / or further down tuning

    10 vote(s)
    24.4%
  15. Don’t know - I default to what ever note is the lowest on my guitar for the moment

    3 vote(s)
    7.3%
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  1. Andless

    Andless SS.org Regular

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    What key do you write in mostly when you write music for seven string guitars and using what tuning?

    Please
    1. select the key you write in mostly (max three keys, preferably only one) and
    2. select the tuning you keep your guitar in.

    Cheers,

    /A

    EDIT:
    It would be most interesting to see the key-tuning pairs in the answers but that would be +20 options...

    EDIT II:
    For instance, pick E for both E major and minor, etc, pic the tonic just to keep it simple... not correct music theory? Moan in your post after voting!! :fawk:
     
  2. fps

    fps Kit

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    We play (lowest pitch to highest) Ab Db Ab Db Gb Bb Eb and mainly write in Db blues.
     
  3. celticelk

    celticelk Enflamed with prayer

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    The tuning I use isn't really B standard; it's BEADF#BE - 6-string B standard with a high E added.
     
  4. Andless

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    B- baritone then... should've included that one on the "B standard" option. What key do you write in?
     
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    celticelk Enflamed with prayer

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    Usually B, with a strong preference for minor sounds in that key, but also occasionally E (again, tending minor) or D.
     
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    I do a lot of stuff in A but I do it in B standard. :fawk:
     
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    Should we just pick the relative major? I play a lot in E minor, so I picked G.

    I was also tempted to pick D minor, which is the saddest of all keys.
     
  8. Andless

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    EDIT: C major would be A minor yes. Thinko.

    My intention was that you would pick E for both E major and minor, etc, just to keep it simple.


    PS. D minor is my favourite key :lol:.
    I definitely have to write more in this key, although, done this on acoustics more than electrics.
     
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    fool ya getting fooled

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    E minor is G major, C major is A minor
     
  10. Andless

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    Yes. Don't know what I was thinking for a moment. Thanks!
     
  11. Andless

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    Ok, ok. Was a bit slow to pick up on the spinal tap reference. Not to say it is wrong...
     
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    Capos + Spider Capos + Alt tunings. Can play in literally anything with a diatonic note at every open string at the cost of a couple of frets at most.
     
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    I'm one of those idiots who has NO preference in key at all,and I'm so lazy I almost always play in whatever the lowest string is tuned to in some form or another. I hate playing in a key that doesn't fall on an inlay, ie 3rd,5th,7th fret. So, you'll never catch me playing in C# minor while in Drop A. So yeah, all depends on tuning.
     
  14. Mr. Big Noodles

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    I try to distribute the pitch content of my compositions so that I have a pretty even spread over all twelve pitches. Nevertheless, open strings make E a fun key.

    Only by virtue of their common tones. Strictly speaking, tonality refers to the "home pitch," so C major is the same key as C minor, or any other pitch organization that has C as its tonic.

    "Key of G" can mean anything, so long as the tonic is G.

     
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    Yo_Wattup Kick the Butterfly

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    Lolwut? E minor =/= G maj. They are enharmonically equivalent, but they are not interchangeable.
     
  16. Andless

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    Spider capos! Seems like an interesting toy ... that I'd probably never use :lol:
     
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    I use them every day. Trace Bundy influence. :D Plus if you know all your major scales + modes and harmonic minor scales + modes and a bunch of exotic scales, there's all these interesting possibilities that open up w/your open strings that make it so much better than the same old interval relationships day in and day out
     
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    I tend to avoid open strings so all keys are pretty much the same.
     
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    Alex Kenivel Stunt Guitar

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    ugh...I cant really pick any of these options. I do B Standard and drop A. I don't stick to one key. Most times I randomly come up with things. Only then do I think of what key I'm in. This goes for both tunings.

    I go wherever my fingers take me.
     
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    My 7-string is tuned in B standard or occasionally drop A.

    I play in the keys of B or E most often. Sometimes C#, F#, D, or A (all minor, of course).
     

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