Post Number: 662
|Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 12:20 pm: |
Post Number: 694
|Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 12:55 pm: |
I say _____play it on your lap and do hammer on's and pull off's with all 10 fingers !
Post Number: 234
|Posted on Sunday, January 24, 2010 - 3:41 pm: |
Even more outrageous ones here:
Post Number: 1817
|Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 2:09 am: |
I wonder if Alembic have made any basses like that monstrous sized 12 stringer on the home page?
Also what kind of music would demand an instrument like this?
I would hesitate to call it a bass guitar because it looks like the range reaches as far outside of the bass spectrum as it does in it. Maybe something like a hand held fretted piano or a fretted harp would be more appropriate.
Post Number: 235
|Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 4:23 am: |
Most of the stuff that I've seen is two-handed tapping piano-like music like you surmised.
Post Number: 645
|Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 7:06 am: |
I don't know about the Baudin, but I've seen an assertation that Michael Adler's 12-string bass has the same range as a grand piano. I'm with you, JV - I'm not sure what to call it, but "bass" doesn't seem right.
Post Number: 157
|Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 2:53 pm: |
You can also iron your shirts
Post Number: 407
|Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 3:14 pm: |
Those extended range instruments are interesting and obviously take a lot of dedication to master. I rarely hear anyone do anything with them that makes me want to even give it a second listen though. Tony Levin and Trey Gunn being the two major exceptions to this.
Post Number: 135
|Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 3:33 pm: |
People say I have an obsession with my bass, but damn this puts me to shame...
"I got to add another string, yeah... that's right -- I'll do just that... NO, I'll add three more strings.. NO..."
Peace and Love,
Post Number: 747
|Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 6:05 pm: |
I generally agree with Brian. I rarely find the music most people make with these sorts of instruments interesting, except when I can see the incredible acrobatics they go through playing them. One exception I can think of is Charlie Hunter. To be fair, he's only playing with seven strings now, down from eight, but he's definitely worth a listen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Hunter
Post Number: 150
|Posted on Monday, January 25, 2010 - 7:48 pm: |
6 or 7 is more than enough, for me. But I have a great respect for those that play them well- my friend, Gary Jibilian is another example of an ERP (Extended Range Player) that is well worth checking out- he plays NS Stick. I think the "Extended Range" Basses as they're called are the bass player's answer to Chapman Sticks- if you think about it, that's all they really are- a great big Chapman stick that you can play finger-style and (possibly!) slap. Interesting, but straying away from the very idea of a bass, I think... but what do I know- I've gone from 4 to 6, to 4, and back again to 6. The purists would argue that anything beyond a 4 isn't even a bass- if that's the case, then what the hell are all of us multi-stringers playing?
Here's a link to Gary's page, give him an ear, he's really interesting...
Post Number: 455
|Posted on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 11:42 pm: |
You have to play those tapping style, right? I don't see how you could reach the lower strings holding the neck in the traditional manner....