2019 Chapman Stick Workshop
Triads, left and right hands and application. Simple two handed concepts. Simple scale formations.
Improv and Basic Techniques
Improvisation and basic techniques. Determining vocabulary and tools to create music for composition
Bass line and melody basics
How to create a bass line. How to make your solos more interesting. Application of various scales,
arpeggios and techniques.
Harmony, polychords, incorporated into melodic concepts. Advanced techniques. Groove!
Basic "Free Hands" technique
The Stick is based on a whole new way of making music with strings. While there are similarities
with instruments like bass and guitar because we are selecting and activiating the notes with the
same hand, a whole new way of fretting the strings emerges which combines fingers, hands, arms, the
whole body, to build better hand independence, improve tone and enhance dynamic control. This class
is recommended for beginners and more advanced players who have not taken it before.
Unified bass technique
This approach to basslines works in all cases, whether you are learning a part for a song, or
improvising a groove or solo. Learn one simple master strategy for navigating 5ths and apply it
pentatonically, diatonically, chromatically, and in larger intervals.
Focus on independence
A new lesson developed for the Charlottesville independence training workshop, players will learn
how to focus their attention on each hand without losing control of the other. A simple set of
exercises is offered that you can expand on as you get more proficient.
Playing the whole board
We will start with "seeing" parts of scales and keys in individual regions, in each hand, and learn
how to expand them in all directions. Who needs positions when you have all these frets and
Three basic rhythms
We will work on playing simple bass and chords together using 3 distinct methods to get you started
#1 will be a 2 hand bass and rhythm guitar sound.
#2 will emulate what a keyboard player might play.
#3 will emulate a finger picking guitar style.
All three methods are great for playing the changes of basic songs or singing along with.
"Wish You Were Here"
Learn how to find and arrange basic cords quickly using Pink Floyd's "Wish you were here" for
practice. You will learn the eight most important notes on the bass side to anchor your bass and
chord combinations. Also, we we'll learn a very simple method for adding an intro Melody.
Articulation and tone
In this course we will learn several techniques for articulation and expression ranging from basic
sustain techniques to improve your overall sound to more advanced techniques for expression.
Percussion, harmonics, slide, bend, dissonance overlap, flamenco strum emulating and lead guitar
techniques are some examples include.
Playing freely and by ear
We will cover using universal patterns for each hand to play freely without key or position
restrictions. First playing Melody to steady bass chords then freedom of the bass along with the
steady melody side chording. I will also talk about how to hear intervals and modes to play the
pattern from what you are hearing. This technique will allow the player to play along with most
songs without even thinking about what key or scale they are in. Of course keys and modes can be
analyzed after the fact.