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While My Chapman Stick Gently Weeps — Video

Recently, while searching for something else far less interesting, I came across this 2011 video of Bob Culbertson playing the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on the Chapman Stick.

As always, I figured I'd send it your way.

Culbertson's performance, which includes various expression techniques and a generous amount of improvisation, is mesmerizing, to say the least.

According to, "the home of the Chapman Stick," the design of the instrument is inspired by the "Free Hands" two-handed tapping method discovered by Emmett Chapman in 1969.

"With Emmett's method, both of your hands are equal partners," the site says. "As they approach the fretboard from opposite sides, your fingers line up parallel to the frets and a powerful new musical language emerges—bass lines, lead melodies, chords, and rhythm, simultaneously, and in any combination you desire."

For more about the Chapman Stick, visit For more about Culbertson, check out his other (much more recent) Chapman Stick videos on his YouTube channel.

If, by any chance, you want to find out how the Chapman Stick is tuned, step right this way.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.