The Chapman Stick Sounds Like Multiple Guitars In One

The Chapman Stick Sounds Like Multiple Guitars In One

The Chapman stick is an instrument that was invented by Emmett Chapman in the early 1970s. The stick has 12 strings total, six of which are bass and six are melody strings. There is a magnetic pickup at the bottom of the instrument, and this is where the string vibration is amplified.

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from Robert Culbertson

Key Facts In This Video

  • 1

    Hear music from the Chapman Stick: (0:01)

  • 2

    The Chapman Stick contains 12 strings—six on the bass side, and six on the melody side. (0:11)

  • 3

    The bass side of the Chapman Stick is tuned in fifths, which means pitches go up faster than on a traditional guitar. (2:25)

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