Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Mount Pleasant, PA
Re: Seven Strings for music other than metal..
You crazy ****, Drew. That's cool though. I'd actually really like to hear a 7 in some country. I can imagine that it'd belt out some badass tones with a little bit of southern flair, haha.
I actually use a 7 string to write clean stuff more than anything. The lower notes allow for fuller sense of chord voicing as well as solo performances. When it comes to clean, depressing/pretty stuff, more notes definitely = better.
Edit: Somewhere along the lines, I was informed that Steve Vai created the 7 string in response to Zappa needing an instrument that can transcribe music written on a bass clarinet. I guess it was a little naive of me to not look into it more, but it does make more sense that 7 strings have been around a lot longer than that.