> 7 string ok for beginners? Yes of course, you should play whatever instrument your intuition desires, otherwise you are just pointlessly torturing yourself. Only playing a 7 is practice for playing a 7, playing fewer strings is not. This 'master X first before you play the Y you really want' thing irritates me and is irrational. Someone said that to me once when i desired a 6 string bass: "master 4 string first", i would have died of old age before touching a 6 string. He was a 4 string bassist, unsurprisingly. No-one delayed me getting a 6 but now i do i wish i had started even sooner. Also ridiculous is this idea you have to increment upwards by 1 string at a time, that just wastes even more of your money and time and makes your true desire even more distant. Playing instruments that don't interest you as much increases the chances of you getting bored and giving up on playing before you get the instrument that inspires you.