1 (edited by Tenement Funster 2015-05-24 09:11:23)

Topic: The Chapman Stick

I'm wondering if any Chordians have own or play a Chapman Stick? I've been listening to a lot of music recently featuring Tony Levin, Nick Beggs, etc., and the range of tones and sound quality from this unusual device is amazing:

http://www.stick.com/instruments/inlays/linear5.jpg

This is taking the tapping technique we guitarists use to the extreme, and I also would think tuning this rig would be a challenge, not to mention trying find someone who sells strings! Here's a sample of this thing in action from Levin's prog-jazz fusion group "Stick Men":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5cVdvz9hnM

It's on my "bucket list" to try one of these instruments someday ... crazy cool stuff!

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Re: The Chapman Stick

TF

Thanks for the enlightenment - I have never even heard of this instrument before.    These guys playing - Relentless- are ridiculous -    I can't imagine the time that they put in to get to that level of performance. - That is incredible.  Way too advanced for me.
JK

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Re: The Chapman Stick

amazing but I'll pass until I learn regular guitar better

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TIGLJK wrote:

TF

Thanks for the enlightenment - I have never even heard of this instrument before.    These guys playing - Relentless- are ridiculous -    I can't imagine the time that they put in to get to that level of performance. - That is incredible.  Way too advanced for me.
JK

Glad you liked it, JK!

Tony Levin's group is actually called "Stick Men", and "Relentless" is one of many songs they perform. They also do a rendition of Igor Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" which is so good it's beyond description. As a fan of Prog Rock, I also came across this video of David Tipton playing Pink Floyd's "Brain Damage" on a Chapman:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFiysMYGD_k

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Re: The Chapman Stick

Levin is a monster on the Stick!

I was fortunate enough to see the American leg of this tour at the Berkeley Community Theatre in '79 (or '80?) - oh, my goodness...what a show!! You'll see his work on Stick as well as electric bass in this vid. Hope you get a chance to watch the whole show sometime, it's phenomenal!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=amxDkP_0gxs
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