Greg Howard   Chapman Stick artist   Free Hands two-handed tapping instruction - DVDs
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    Greg's first instructional DVD presents two-handed tapping lessons from a completely new perspective. 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.
    The material on the DVD works with all major 10 and 12 string Stick tunings, and there is no notation or tablature to read.

The DVD is divided into the following lessons:

    Instrument Positioning, Basic Hand Movement, Hand Independence, Bassline Movement
    Melody Movement, Independence Training, Rhythmic Independence

"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."
—Emmett Chapman

Here's what Stick players are saying about this new DVD:

"Just finished some unstructured practice time and feeling good. I have to thank you because following my single skype lesson with you and owning a copy of Basic Free Hands for about a week now - my world has really opened up. Shedding my old habits and sensing this new freedom is astounding. " —Ryan Wilde

"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

ORDERING THE DVD from the store:

Please visit the online store to order: Greg's online store

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To order by check plesase email your shipping address to: and I'll let you know the cost plus shipping:

Send your check or money order in $US payable to Espresso to:
Espresso, P O Box 451, Charlottesville VA 22902, USA

Find out more about Greg's videoconference lessons here:
Skype and Google Chat Lessons.

If you'd like to know more about the origins and development of Chapman's Free Hands method see:
Stick and Method History.