I have fulfilled a long standing wish of mine last week – I took a lesson on and played a Chapman Stick. What a complex and fascinating instrument it is. You have to press on the string to make a sound and an open string cannot be strummed. The drummer and keyboardist in me thought it would be a good fit for my style of playing.
I found the range from Bass strings to Lead guitar on one neck to be very impressive. Within a few minutes I was able to do fast guitar leads up and down the neck with some great bass patterns - all with the feel of playing the piano keys. I was no Jimi Hendrix in any way, but playing a Stick was a very captivating experience. Who knows – maybe I will get the bug one day and add a Chapman Stick to my arsenal of instruments.