Bob Culbertson

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Bob Culbertson
Bob Culbertson on Chapman Stick
Background information
GenresClassical, Blues, Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsChapman Stick
Years activeSince 1978

Bob Culbertson is an influential Chapman Stick player. An early adopter of the instrument, he is notable for his many recorded albums and extensive touring.[1]

Bob Culbertson has opened and performed with many popular musicians, including Robben Ford, Steve Morse, Allan Holdsworth, and members of Santana amongst many others. He has taught hundreds of players and released a set of instructional Stick videos titled Lessons on the Stick. His performances and seminars have been held around the world including U.S. Canada, Most of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Indonesia, Mexico, and Central America.

Culbertson is famous not only for his technique, which allows him to play three to four parts simultaneously (e.g. bass line, chords and melody), but also for his compositional talent. His official discography lists 14 albums to his credit. Furthermore, a DVD of Bob Culbertson live (recorded in studio, in front of blue screen) is available. According to his official site, Bob Culbertson has sold over 200,000 albums, most of which sold during live concerts, seminars. He has garnered over 15,000,000 video views since 2015. Bob (content and concept) and Dan Chapman (photography and graphics) authored "The Chapman Stick Book" a full color book about the instruments, Emmett Chapman and worldwide influences.

Around 2002, Bob Culbertson together with Emmett Chapman and luthier Craig Anderson created the AcouStick, the first acoustical Stick instrument. It is featured on Culbertson's CD AcouStick Dawn and DVD Un Viaje Classico.


Most of Culbertson's albums are live, solo recordings with the use of no effects other than a small ambient use of reverb.

Audio CDs:

  • Bob Culbertson (19??) - solo, unlisted in official discography
  • Stick (1989), unlisted in official discography
  • New World Dance (1992) - African Rain, unlisted in official discography
  • A Moment In Time (1994) - solo
  • Season of Joy (1995) - solo
  • Cafe San Francisco (1996) - solo
  • The Touch (1998) - solo
  • Romantica I (2000) - solo
  • Romantica II (2000) - solo
  • AcouStick Dawn (2003) - solo
  • Celtic Waters (2012) with flute and Cello
  • Beatles On the Stick (2014) -solo
  • Colors (2015) -solo
  • Cause And Affect (2015) duo with Drummer Rick Alegria


  • Solo Flight (1999)


  • Un Viaje Classico (2003)

Instructional video:

  • Lessons on the Stick (1999)
  • Lessons on the Stick (DVD) (2008)


  • The Touch System (1979)
  • The Chapman Stick Book (2015)


  • Tappistry, Vol. 1 (1996) — 1 track
  • Stick Night '99 (1999) — 2 tracks


  1. ^ "Feb. 26 Tallman Concert to feature Culbertson and Manring". Lake County News. Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-05-31.

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