Re: 7 Strings and Picking technique
Having another string represents the following two things: 1) Having access to a few additional notes to extend your chops onto, 2) Another thing to manage and worry about in terms of mutting.
If your technique is not yet fully proficient in dealing with six strings, then do not even bother trying seven, as it will take you longer and that may discourage you in the process. Ask your master whether he developed his great technique playing six or seven string guitars. Go one step at a time, don't try to fly until you know how to walk perfectly. The leap to sevens will likely occur naturally in time and will be much more easier if your technique is well refined on six strings first.
Actually, directly addressing your last question, the seventh will require a bit of adjustment in your mutting technique to ensure the low B is also well mutted when you play. So, no, a 7-string guitar will not help you with your mutting habits, but make things more difficult, IMO.
Last edited by Gusfmm; 12-12-2007 at 10:48 AM.