tosunpasa wrote: ↑
Sun Aug 06, 2017 9:04 pm
I have one other curiosity, why is Russian 7 string guitar not the standart around the classical guitar scene, or europe? It seems that 7 or 8 string creates more opportunity to express bassline, maybe something similar to baroque lute. Or is it excessively tiring to play and unnecesary?
I guess the key thing is that it was never adopted outside Russia, and seems to have gone down the hill within Russia too. Bear in mind that the russian 7 string tuning is DGBDGBD so it doesn't give you a lower bass range compared to the 6 string, you just have more strings spaced in thirds rather than fourths. It is more similar to other instruments in open major chord tuning such as the 18th century english guitar, the 5 string banjo etc. I've found that they are often less versatile in terms of key, they are even more bound to a 'home' key than the 6 string guitar, so less likely to inspire ambitious pieces with lots of modulations. Having said that, the english guitar had some ambitious composers, as did the Russian 7-string, so in the end its all about the composer, not the instrument.