Wednesday, June 03, 2020

A very different kind of instrument: The Chapman Stick

I think you might like the sound of this musical instrument.  Maybe you already know about it, but it's new to me.  The Chapman Stick, first developed in the 1970s, is a stringed instrument, shaped like a long wide stick, looking something like a guitar, but you don't pluck it like a guitar.  Instead, it's more percussive.  Your fingers tap down on the strings and under them, to the fret, to create the unusual sounds that can be made on it. It's kind of a combination of a guitar, piano and drum. Very interesting! I think Holland would have loved it.  Just think of the practice it would take to learn to play it!  Here is a musical genius playing "While my guitar gently weeps" on the Chapman Stick:

We humans are amazing beings, aren't we? With all of our talents that can create art and devise beautiful music and instruments like this, it's a puzzlement why we don't just spend all our time creating beauty together and ignoring tiny differences like skin color, religions and the like.  IF only....:-)