Listen To This Beatles Song, Played On An Instrument That Blends A Guitar With Piano
Mar 17, 2015
The Chapman Stick was invented in the early '70s by jazz guitarist Emmett Chapman. In 1969, he developed a new, two-handed tapping method on the guitar, but decided he needed to develop a new instrument to maximize the expressive potential of his technique. Five years later, the first Chapman Stick was sold.
Since it needs no plucking to make sound, it allows players to sound chords, melodies and bass lines with both hands simultaneously. This makes it much more like a piano than a guitar, and listening to Bob Culbertson playing it, you can definitely start to see why.
The instrument being played here looks almost like a guitar that forgot to diet, but its playing technique is actually much more like that of a piano.