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One of my favorite instruments, and can be used in many ways, e.g. in the Trey Gunn Band (OK Warr Guitar, but same concept). Also can be used as nice alternate MIDI controllers. I have played one once, but of course I had no clue how to play it :D
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I'm a big fan of the instrument, have yet to actually get my hands on one (just bought a tenor sax last year, so the Stick will have to wait a few years! :D )

Check out any of the King Crimson live DVDs to see some awesome Stick (AND Warr Guitar) playing (the regular guitar playing on these ain't none too shabby either!) :thu:

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I played one many times.

 

A friend of mine had a weird midied stick for a couple of years.

 

The idea of the instrument is not bad at all. You tap on the fretboard and the bass strings respond very well on the finger, you don't need alot of pressure. Playing on a stick is almost like playing a keyboard and can sound a lot like a Clavinet

 

Oddly enough, give a chapman stick to the best guitarist around and he'll be totally confused.

That thing demands much practice

 

The owner eventually sold it for a Moog Taurus and I don't think I'll ever come across one again

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I friend of mine has one & plays it quite well. He's actually on his 2nd one, wore out the 1st. The things he does on it are more guitar-like. Plays chords like a rhythm player while doing a full bass line part. He can actually do solos while playing these full bass lines. It has 2 outs, one for the guitar side, one for the bass side. He sends the guitar side to a Twin, the bass to a Gallen-Krugar bass amp with a two Bag End bottoms. Wicked. He's like two players in one, so he's a popular call. He's done a couple of Europe tours with one of the local blues guys. They go as a 3 piece but sound like a 4 piece. They opened for Procal Harum on one tour.

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The bassist in my band has a Stick, and of course we're playing some of those Crimson tunes! :):) It's a very cool instrument.

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I sure remember watching Tony Levin play one on the King Crimson tour just after Discipline was released. I saw them in a rather small venue (normally a disco joint) with a dance floor (where the band set up) surrounded by 3 or 4 floors of balconies -- and that was the whole house. Everyone had front row seats.

 

Tony was a monster on the Stick. I'd known about them because a friend of mine was a Stick player -- a classical guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, also a teacher. The stick was the instrument that brought it all together for him. Amazing to watch someone play it. Myself, I had a hard time keeping the other strings from ringing, IIRC. But I could play some nifty little rhythm parts, bass & chords (sorta like I play piano!)

 

I always kinda wanted one, but I already suck on a bunch of instruments, so why add one more?

 

Then again, why not? :)

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I resurrected this thread from a while ago...anybody currently playing a Chapman stick? Seems like fun, but how difficult is it to learn the basics?

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I resurrected this thread from a while ago...anybody currently playing a Chapman stick? Seems like fun, but how difficult is it to learn the basics?

 

A while? Almost 12 years? LOL...

 

As a keyboardist, you'd probably be better off going with a Marcodi Harpejji:

 

[video:youtube]

 

Easier to approach because you're facing the instrument, as opposed to having it up against your body. YMMV, of course...

 

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I know a keyboardist who uses a Railboard but he plays it horizontally, a bit like a fretted lap steel. He's taken down his blog post talking about it and I can't find any videos of it. All I can find is this one from before he got it, doing the same thing on a regular guitar (from 1:48). It's interesting to see how the scale patterns work although I can't tell what tuning he's using - I wouldn't be surprised if it's all 4ths or all 5ths.

 

[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMGBYYEJ4tY

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I know a keyboardist who uses a Railboard but he plays it horizontally, a bit like a fretted lap steel.

 

I'm surpised Jem Godfrey of FROST* isn't mentioned more often around here. He's a monster. Looking forward to the new FROST* release that should be dropping this year.

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Lots of great stuff there, guys! I had not considered the Harpeji because of availability and price. Having a rare, unique instrument is kinda scary; I'd rather have a generic instrument like a fender stratocaster that's available everywhere.

 

I really like what Frost and Healey did! Do they tune the guitar different or is it a standard EADGBE tuning?

I've also considered lap steel but what Healey and Frost did were very cool!

 

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I know a keyboardist who uses a Railboard but he plays it horizontally, a bit like a fretted lap steel.

 

I'm surpised Jem Godfrey of FROST* isn't mentioned more often around here. He's a monster. Looking forward to the new FROST* release that should be dropping this year.

I can't wait either! I try to drop some Frost* in around here whenever I can - not only is he a monster player but he's a fantastic sound designer and really knows how to get the best out his tech. It's a shame he took down so many of the old Frost* Report videos.

 

I really like what Frost and Healey did! Do they tune the guitar different or is it a standard EADGBE tuning?

I've also considered lap steel but what Healey and Frost did were very cool!

I can't really tell from the videos, maybe a better guitar player than me can work it out? I know Jem has his railboard tuned to open F on one side and open Bb on the other so I wouldn't be surprised if the guitar is in a similarly unusual tuning.

 

If it were me, I'd tune a 6 string to all 4ths or NST as it would make playing leads a bit more logical for a piano player.

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