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In Jamaica


In Jamaica on a weeks vacation. No chapman stick with me dig this. I just have my laptop and IPod.

So I have been collecting some song lyric ideas, building some drum tracks to build on and listening to my personal Stick jams from the last few months.

Some audio coming…

The Stick 1 Year Later

In October 2010 I discovered the Chapmam stick.

Have you ever been a frustrated (instrument of your choice) player?

You know I was a frustrated lead guitar and piano player. I knew the theory, and I could compose musical pieces. (Notice I said pieces and not songs).

Playing bass came easy because I always had rhythm and I love dancing! (OK, I said it. Dancing…) And I love technically challenging music.

So the stick allows me to combine the two in real time.

When I got the stick I found every advancement was like the steps on a flight of stairs. Playing and practice lead to individual advancements. Some came quicker then others.

In about a year I became familiar enough with the fretboard that I could play bass and chordal phrasing simultaneously. Like a piano man, but with the punch and groove of a bass and harmonic accompaniment of an Electric Guitar.

Now put some lyrics on top and voila… You have the tools to create some Cool-Prog-Funk-Rock.


Back From Connecticut Stick Workshop

It was a fantastic experience online premarin.

A Great Bunch of Chapman Stick Players
A Great Bunch of Chapman Stick Players

Some take aways from the event:

  • Have the courage to make mistakes
  • Not everyone has the same technique
  • Listen to everyone to gain wisdom and insights
  • Think, play and listen

Thanks to everyone who participated. Especially Steve Adelson, Greg Howard and the organizer/host Brett Bottomsley.

Workshops and Seminars to Improve Your Musical Skills

It’s always a plus to get some playing instructions from a pro. This weekend I am fortunate to be getting Chapman Stick tips and techniques from a few “Stick” masters.

Steve Adelson and Greg Howard are sharing some of their methods to a group of us at the Outer Space in Hamden, CT.

The Chapman Stick is a unique instrument.

I have been learning to play this instrument on my own for 6 months and this going to be a really exciting, and I am confident enlightening, experience.

Have you ever attended a group training on an instrument? Did you find it was beneficial?Any thoughts you’d like to share?