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Emmett Chapman in 1969
|Born||September 28, 1936|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, inventor, luthier|
|Instruments||Chapman stick, guitar|
In 1969, Chapman modified his homemade nine-string "Freedom Guitar" to accommodate his "Free Hands" tapping method. Although some guitarists had done two-handed tapping with the fingers of the right hand parallel to the strings, Chapman's method used the fingers of both hands perpendicular to the strings. This culminated in the creation of the Electric Stick, which he renamed the Chapman Stick. He founded Stick Enterprises in 1974 and has made more than 6,000 instruments. He holds fourteen patents for various aspects of the Chapman Stick. During the 1970s, Chapman toured extensively to promote his music and the instrument.
In 1985, he released a solo album, Parallel Galaxy. The song "Back Yard" was used in the Alan Smithee version of the 1984 film Dune. An aesthetically modified Chapman Stick was used as the baliset musical instrument, described in the novel, and is performed by Patrick Stewart in the director's cut of the film.