A Closer Look at Extended Range Guitar

Genre and Style Guitar Course from JD McGibney

Extended-range guitars can unlock new creative possibilities, soundscapes, and textures for us, but how exactly do we approach or use the additional strings? Join JD McGibney for this course as he gives us an insight into utilizing the extended range that the additional string provides, specifically focusing on how it applies to playing hard rock and heavy metal.

11 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

JD will demystify the extended range guitar by showing us how to build scales, chords, harmonies, and melodies starting on the low B string, then working our way up the fretboard. In addition to these core concepts, we will also learn how to shred a few searing solos!


Course Introduction

Let's join JD for an overview of the course.

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Introducing the 7 String Guitar

We will kick things off by getting to know our instrument

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0.5 Difficulty


1-2-3-4 Dexterity Exercise

For this lesson, we will learn a simple exercise that will help us get a feel for the wider neck and extra string.

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Major Scale on a 7 String Guitar

Now we will take a look at the major scale pattern and how to apply it with an additional string

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Minor Scale on a 7 String Guitar

JD shows us the minor scale pattern using the extended range of the 7-string guitar in this lesson

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Power Chords

In this lesson, we will take a look at power chords and how they work on the additional B string

5:41 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Major and Minor Triads

For our next lesson, JD will teach us how to build and use major and minor triads

6:26 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Chord Harmonies and Layering

Now that we can build major and minor triads, we will learn how to stack harmonies on top of each other

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Playing Melodies

JD will teach us our first melody using the extended range of the 7-string guitar in this lesson

6:50 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Playing Harmonies to Melody Lines

In our next lesson, we will learn how melodies work in conjunction with chordal harmonies

10:19 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Playing a Solo

To wrap up this course, JD will teach us each individual part of a song, capping it off with a tasteful solo

11:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Angels on the Battlefield

  • New York, New York
  • Playing since 2002
  • 81 lessons at JamPlay