Are you inspired to play guitar in the style of bands such as Polyphia, Intervals, Vola, Soen, TesseracT, The Contortionist, Haken and Arch Echo among others, but aren't sure where to begin?
Let's face it, the era of the extended range guitar is not only here to stay but evolving at a rapid pace as exemplified by the artists listed above. To the untrained ear their music is a dazzling burst of colorful sound that just seems otherworldly. But it did evolve from the Rock music of the past few decades. So does that mean that you as aspiring guitarist need to go back and start with the rudiments of the music of the past to get to the level of where Animals As Leaders are now? NO! Is it possible to accelerate the learning process and even start your 7 string guitar playing journey even if you've never picked up a 6 string? In spite of what other guitar teachers may tell you... YES it is indeed possible!
Hi, I'm Robert Bussey, a guitarist with over 30 years of teaching experience. I'm probably twice the age of the artists listed above, but as a musician that values musical progression and innovation, Modern Progressive Metal is the music i'm most passionate about. I've come up through the different eras of Rock and Metal and even currently tour the U.S. with two Classic Rock tribute bands, but according to Spotify Wrapped my favorite artists for 2023 were Vola, The Contortionist (they're my fave though) Katatonia, Kate Bush (I know you didn't see that coming but she's timeless) and TesseracT.
It's for those of you who love these artists and this style of playing, that I created the Life On 7 Strings Course. But as someone who is still learning, I created this for my own benefit as well. Just because it came from my brain doesn't mean it's under my fingers. So I'm practicing right along with you! That's how confident I am that these lessons will greatly benefit you as well!
The companion course, Life On 6 Strings applies the same modernist methodology as LO7S. It can be studied as a standalone or as a means of developing the ability to seamlessly transition between 6 string and 7 string. What about 8 string you ask? I am considering an 8 string method but the same approach applies, just add in the next lower string.
Ready to get underway? Here's where it all begins: