NY Stick 2024

May 17-19, Brooklyn, NY

Three days of Stick Immersion!

NY Stick 2024 is a Chapman Stick event in Brooklyn hosted by NY guitarist/Stickist Randy Hudson, Chapman Stick legend Steve Adelson, and Vancouver Stick player Jim Meyer, seen here at the Analog Alien booth at NAMM 2018. This is a 3-day Stick immersion experience in and around Brooklyn, including instruction and performance.

NY Stick 2024 is a Musical Gathering for people who play the Chapman Stick, the 2-handed tapping instrument family developed by Emmett Chapman. Players of all skill levels, are welcome to come and make music together. NY Stick is an opportunity to mingle, learn, compose and perform with fellow Stick players from near and far. It’s a great opportunity to share ideas and techniques!

And NY Stick is a celebration of the life and creations of Emmett Chapman (1936-2021).

Guest Instructors - Jim and Steve!

Vancouver-based Chapman Stick player Jim Meyer has been hosting Stick retreats and seminars in British Columbia for over 20 years. Jim also hosts a monthly Stick With Friends performance in Vancouver’s Gastown district, and performs as Sticks and Tones with drummer Dave Symington.

As a jazz guitarist, Steve Adelson saw Emmett perform live in 1984 and instantly knew he needed a Stick.  Steve’s numerous recordings frequently include A-list jazz musicians as guests. Plus those nights at the Iridium playing with Les Paul! Steve has travelled the globe teaching and performing on the Stick and has influenced countless players.


Randy has set us up at King Analog/Digital Recording Studio in Brooklyn for the seminar portion of the weekend. Here are a few pics of the space and equipment.

Schedule and Topics

Friday – Sunday Please arrive by 9:30am

Morning Session 9:30-12:30

Lunch 12:30 – 2:00

Afternoon session 2:00-5:00

Steve and I are happy to let attendees determine topics for discussion at the seminar. But if everyone is shy, we’ve prepared a list to fall back on:

RH chords and arpeggios
LH chords and arpeggios
Scales to Infinity (on both sides of the instrument)
4 or 3 fingers
Thumb usage
2-handed bass
hand independence
hand interdependence
Compass bass
Double stops
Unique Stick techniques
Simple theory and application
Fretboard logic
Performance tips
Gear (but only if Steve is out of the room!)

Sticks and Performances

Don’t own a Stick yet?

Want to try one out before making a purchasing decision?

Or maybe you would prefer to travel without a Stick?

There will be a limited number of Sticks available to use during the seminar. We can’t guarantee any particular tuning or setup, but will try our best to accommodate.

Please contact us ASAP to make arrangements


Do you want to perform???

We are booking performances in the area for the weekend, so let us know if you are interested in performing, or if we have to coerce you! 😉

Seriously, there is no friendlier audience than a room full of Stick players, so consider making your Stick debut in May!

Registration and Contact

Contact us with any question you may have.

Space is limited so please register early! Registration includes:

  • 3 days of Stick instruction
  • entrance to all Stick performances
  • an opportunity to perform

NY Stick Registration  $450 USD