Everything you hear on this CD (except steel guitar, ukulele or percussion) was recorded using Chapman Grand Stick and the new, smaller SG12 Stick Guitar. Both instruments have 12 strings (6 melody and 6 bass) and are equipped with MIDI pickups, which allows me to create all of the additional string and keyboard sounds heard on this recording. Tracks 4, 7, 11 & 13 feature the new SG-12 Stick. Hope you enjoy it. Aloha nui loa!
Other musicians featured in this recording:
Don McClellan- Hawaiian steel guitar on tracks 1, 5, & 6
Mika Villaren- ukulele on tracks 3 & 12
Kris Thomas- percussion on track 7
BACKGROUND OF The Chapman Stick:
Over the years, Emmett has introduced many different models of The Stick:
The original 10 string Stick in 1974, the 12 string Grand Stick in 1991, the 10 string Alto Stick in 2004 and the Stick Guitar 12 ("SG12") in 2009. Both the Alto and SG12 Sticks are about 10 inches shorter than Chapman’s other models and the notes are in a much higher register. For more info on Emmett, his amazing stringed instruments and two handed tapping technique, please visit: www.Stick.com
One of the instrument's earliest pioneers and one of Emmett Chapman's first students, Michael is a Chapman Stick virtuoso with 38 years experience. Played with both hands using a pianistic technique on a stringed instrument, the Chapman Stick is unique, versatile and probably the most expressive musical instrument ever devised. The result is music that sounds unlike any other instrument.
Devoted to spreading Knowledge of the Chapman Stick, Michael has performed at over a thousand festivals, fairs & corporate events combined. Carlos Santana said his music is "a gift from the heart". He's been an opening act for The Beach Boys and has introduced many to the new instrument including Mick Fleetwood, Herbie Hancock, Keith Emerson, Steve Morse and others.
His albums and music have spread worldwide and he's shared his talents with well over a million people in the last decade. His music has been featured on national radio, television appearances and a short documentary. His musical style encompasses light jazz, classic rock, latin, Hawaiian and other influences. With a catalog of 19 releases he is the most prolific Chapman Stick recording artist to date.