Is the Chapman Stick an Intimidating Instrument?

“The discipline to learn the Stick is no different than any other instrument. I guess because it’s not mainstream, beginners are intimidated. Quite the contrary. I truly believe, the Stick is a very easy instrument to learn.” – Steve Adelson

Ok. The Chapman Stick has 10 to 12 strings and it looks a bit odd.

However, when you look at it more closely you can soon understand that it is really not much different than learning the piano.

You can play more than 1 musical phrase at a time.

You have pretty much all the notes available on a piano.

For example, if you watch a “Boogie Woogie” piano player, you will notice that the left-hand plays a bass motif or riff. The right-hand plays the melody/chords.

When I do this on the “Stick” my left-hand plays a bass part while my right-hand plays melodies and chords. And like a piano man, I sing while accompanying my voice with chords and bass grooves.

If you have any questions about the “Stick”, let me know in the comments.

Groovin’ and singing on the Stick

Recording Analog / Digital

When I moved recently, I had over 400 vinyl LPs (records) and my turntable/amplifier.

I have to admit I love my music system and I know many who do.

Is it nostalgia? The audio quality? Reading the record sleeve and the artwork?

Well, I believe it is all the above!

My sound system has:

  • An amplifier – Harmon Kardon
  • Turntable – Technics
  • Cassette Deck – Fisher
  • ADAT machine – Panasonic

I still use all of them, but that being said… I love the quick access to recording my own projects on digital work stations. When it comes to saving a musical idea, I even use my smartphone.

My Laptop with an M-audio interface is my main recording tool. Sometimes I go direct and at times I just set up a mic and record in the room.

The next endeavour is to do some live social media webcasts… coming soon.