by Greg Howard, 119 minutes, all zones
Greg's first instructional DVD has just been released. Basic FREE HANDS Technique, Leaning the Chapman Stick from the Bottom Up, is the first Stick instructional DVD dedicated exclusively to your technique development. This two-hour DVD focuses on Greg's emphasis on hand movement to support the fingers developed as a player and teacher of Emmett's method.
All the basic elements of Stick playing — basslines, chords in both hands, melodies, improvisation and hand independence — can all enhanced by supporting the movement of the fingers with movement of the hands and arms.
"It's all about freeing your hands.
Greg's new DVD carries my Free Hands discovery
to a level of intimacy and focus that a book simply can't convey.
Learning his physical hand-movement based approach will add versatility,
flexibility and sonic power to your two-handed tapping."
There are over 200 graphics that show pitch, movement and fingering info, and no notation to read.
All the material is applicable to all of the major tunings, so there's nothing on-screen that can't be played on Classic, MR, Baritone Melody or Deep Baritone 10-string tuned instruments.
This DVD clearly illustrates the technique concepts I've been writing about here for so long, specifically those having to do with hand movement as a basis for two-handed tapping, and all its implications, including its impact on timing, tone, comfort, dynamic control and hand independence.
Here's what Stick players are saying about this new DVD:
"I have never seen a more thorough or well thought out display of knowledge." —Dave Brosky, Pennsylvania
"Hi Greg, I took some time to watch and listen your DVD I received some days ago, and it's fantastic." — Bruno Ricard, France
"Great DVD and a vital tool if you want to build independence and stamina." —Bernie Landry, Quebec
"What an outstanding piece of work. Skype lessons with you helped my fingers get used to different and easier,
more fluent ways of playing and now I can see you've opened up that whole concept to another level entirely. " — Stickrad, Australia