"The first 7 string Bass Guitarist"
Garry Goodman and "Tap Dance On A Cloud" will be in the
January 06' issue of Bassics Magazine and on the Bassics Compilation CD.
After testing the new G4 and Ab4 string for several weeks, I
discovered that the new string wire allows for something I never expected. If I
fret the highest string when tuned to G4 at the pickup cover, I can play the
note C8(around 4Khz). The distance from the the 36th fret to the pickup cover is
roughly 1/2".Now I just discovered that just by touching the string in that 1/2"
space, I am able to play Ab7,A7,Bb7 and B7 just by touching the string without
having a fretboard or frets underneath. There is no change in timbre or tone
from the G7 on fret 36 to the C8 on the edge of the pickup cover.
So the range of this Adler 12-string is from C0-C8,the same as the 97 note
Bösendorfer grand piano. Tuning C#0-C#8 gives me one note higher but I loose the
C0 and miss having the E-A-D-G tuning for my 4 highest strings. So I can safely
say this "Concert Grand Bass Guitar" has the widest range of any electric guitar
or bass guitar.
The electronics are state of the art.
Mike Adler designed a bridge with a clamping system because no string company could
wind a ball end on my .004 or .005 string wire for the highest string. This
string works well and tunes up nicely to G4 at the 32" scale side of the fan .
I will most likely be able to offer the 4 string with octave "12 string"
bassist's a triple octave string set soon.
The neck is less than 3/4 " of an inch thick and not as wide
as the 11-string. This bass guitar is very easy to play.
I can now play "Maple Leaf Rag' exactly where a pianist does
because I have the high Ab (6). I am in the process of writing a book on playing
other piano pieces on the 12 without changing one note from the original piano
Adler used hot rod/motorcycle paint for the finish.
It's stereo too!
It is easier to play two handed style because there are more locations on the
fretboard for the same note now.
When I had the 7 string made, 4-1/2 octaves seemed like a wide range. I can
really have fun with the 12 string because there are few limitations. I am in
the process of creating a new dampening system for touch style playing. More on
Nielsen-Goodman added percussionist Alex Acuna to
five of the CD tracks on November 28th.
The tracks were mixed at Paramount studio A and then Mastered
Bill Dooley at Paramount Mastering Dec.14th 2004
"Garry Goodman at Skip Saylor Recording ,Sept. 04.
The Nielsen-Goodman Project has been recording tracks
for their upcoming CD at Skip Saylor Recording, located in North Hollywood, CA.
The engineer is Ian Blanch. In October, Nielsen-Goodman performed two of David
Nielsen's tunes from the CD, "Club Jamaica" and "Dune Dance" while sitting in at
Ward's Rafters in Honolulu, Hawaii. They were in Honolulu to record
percussionist Ivan Krillzarin . The music on the new CD was originally performed
as a duo and now the percussion tracks add a whole new dimension to the
music. Ivan was chosen for the project because of his vast knowledge and ability
to play percussion instruments in his diverse collection from around the world.
Garry used the Adler 11-string on one track, "Bubble Work" , composed by
guitarist David Nielsen. The bass line spans five octaves. He uses the low A on
the F# string and the open 18Hz C# string at the end of the
tune. All other tracks were recorded using the Tobias 7-string bass guitar. On
Garry's tune "Kona Blend" , he uses a two handed piano style technique, switching to his Percussive Harmonics for the C section of the tune.
Check out nielsen-goodman.com for early recordings of some of the tunes. Other
tunes composed by Garry for the CD include "Can I Keep This Dream? " , "Haleakala"
, "Angelita" and "Tap Dance On A Cloud".
For those of you interested in the history of the Bass Guitar , this CD contains
recordings of both the very first 7-string bass guitar ever made and the first
11-string bass guitar.