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Introduction to the Seven-String Guitar
Excerpt Complete 7-String Guitar Method
Aren't six strings hard enough? Of course, they are. You can obviously make a lot of great music on a six-string guitar. Early in the 20th century, the four-string guitar and four-string banjo were very popular and a lot of music has been played on those instruments as well. Having only four strings doesn't seem to bother violinists or cellists either, and there's certainly nothing easy about those instruments. Still, you don't see many six-string guitarists cutting off two strings because "four are hard enough." To ask this question is really missing the point of the seven-string guitar. The seven-string guitar is simply an enhancement of the six string guitar. Not only does it give the instrument some extra range (which is handy for walking bass lines, etc.), but it will allow you to play chords with a greater "spread." One can play a low "F" and a high "E" on a six-string guitar, but not at the same time. One a seven-string guitar, this can be done easily. Whether or not the seven-string guitar is for you depends on the type of playing you like to do. Most guitarists who play seven-string will tend to use it in any musical setting. Remember, there is virtually nothing you can play on a six-string that you can't play on a seven-string. But, the seven string really shines as a solo instrument, in duos, with other guitarists, vocalists, or other instruments, and even larger groups without a bass. So, if you enjoy playing in this type of setting, or hope to in the future, then seven-string guitar might be for you.
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