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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 stick.com, "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 stick.com. 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.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.