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Encyclopedia > Seven string guitar

A guitar (classical, acoustic or electric) with seven strings instead of six. The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ...


The Russian Guitar

The classical and acoustic seven string guitar arrived in the 19th century Russia, most probably as a development of the English guitar and the baroque lute. Its invention is attributed to Andrei Sychra who also wrote a method for the guitar and over one thousand compositions, seventy-five were republished in the 1840s by Stellovsky, then again in the 1880s by Gutheil,some of which were republished in the Soviet Union in 1926. It has been then proclaimed to be a Russian guitar and has been primarily played in Russia and later the Soviet Union. Until about the 1970s and 1980s, it was far more popular than the regular six string guitar, but has since declined greatly in popularity and is now virtually impossible to find. The Russian version of the seven string guitar has been used by professionals due to its great flexibility, but has also been popular with amateurs due to the relative simplicity of some basic chords (not to mention the price, a 7-string guitar cost around 12 roubles in the 1970s). In the standard tuning (a G major chord as follows: D', G', B, D, g. b, d') the A major chord is simply a barré on the second fret, the B major is a barré on the fourth, C major on the fifth, D major on the seventh etc. Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sychra [Sikhra, Sichra], Andrei Osipovich (b Vilnius, 1773 [?1776]; d St Petersburg, 21 Nov/3 Dec 1850). ...


Recently the repertoire for the Russian guitar has been treated to new scholarly examination and performance in the work of Dr. Oleg Timofeyev, who has unearthed and recorded works by the Matvei Stepanovich Pavlov (artistic pseudonym: Azancheev) (1888−1963).


The Electric Guitar

The electric version of the seven string guitar was introduced in the late 1930s by George Van Eps. The guitar was basically a regular electric guitar with an additional bass (usually Low-B) string. This feature allows playing bass, chords and solos simultaneously. Van Eps referred to this style of playing as "lap piano". While still considered a rare novelty, seven string electric guitars are occasionally used by popular nu-metal bands (such as KoЯn) and virtuoso guitarists (such as Steve Vai and John Petrucci). The eight-string also has an underground virtuoso following. Bass (IPA: [], rhyming with face), when used as an adjective, describes tones of low frequency. ... Nu metal is a controversial subgenre of alternative rock. ... Korn logo KoЯn. ... Steve Vai at G3 in Milan, Italy, June 2004 Steven Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York, USA), is an American guitarist and composer. ... John Petrucci in 2004 John Petrucci (born July 12, 1967) is the guitarist and a founding member of the progressive metal group Dream Theater. ... An eight string guitar is, as the name implies, a guitar with eight strings. ...


Jazz guitarists using the seven-string instrument include Bucky Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Ron Eschete, Lenny Breau, and John Pizzarelli, who is the author of the Foxwoods Casino theme and is the son of jazz legend Bucky Pizzarelli.


For tuning the guitar, see http://www.personal.psu.edu/users/f/p/fpm108/glw/lessons/lesson2.htm


 
 

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