Chapman Sticks and Warr guitars

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Chapman Sticks and Warr guitars

Postby De Ferre » Fri Mar 09, 2007 1:53 pm

Dear people,

I was wondering if there are any bluesmen out there performing with 'touch-guitars', like the Chapman Stick or the Warr guitar. In case someone didn't meet them before, they look like this:
And the new member of the familly, coming from Belgium:

The thing is that, since you can play all bass, chords and melody and it's portable, they can be an interesting choice for solo artists. A cross between guitar and piano, less expresive than a guitar but more portable than a piano. If jazz players do it, why not the bluesmen?

So, do you know of anyone playing the blues with these avant-garde isntruments?
Do you think it is a good idea or just they don't fit the style?

Fernando. :)
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Postby bluesmcgoo » Fri Mar 09, 2007 9:52 pm

I've always been intrigued by the Chapman Stick. Love the tones that people like Tony Levin get out of that thing. I've never seen those Warr Guitars or the Kelstone guitars, but they look very interesting.

I think they're a natural for jazz and certain types of rock, but it seems to me that a musician with an open mind could play blues on them. A musician with an open mind could play any genre using any instrument, it seems to me.

You're right those would be cool for solo performers.
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