Thursday, June 5, 2008

Cantina Band on the Chapman Stick!

Wow! Check out this guy playing the Star Wars Cantina Band's music on the Chapman Stick, a crazy instrument that I have never heard of despite it being exactly as old as I am:

It is thus described at

Welcome to the Stick Enterprises homepage. Our designs are based on the revolutionary two-handed tapping method of parallel hands discovered by Emmett Chapman on guitar in 1969 and taught since then to players around the world.

With Emmett's Free Hands method, both of your hands are equal partners. 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.

Giant thanks transmitted back to X-4409, the most wicked and terrible of Imperial Probe Droids, for sharing this story with me.

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