What is the SlapStick?
The SlapStick is an innovative electric percussion instrument that allows anyone with rhythm to create rhythmic bass-lines and other unique percussive melodies using the Hammer-On Tapping Technique.
Where did the idea come from?
Andy Graham was drumming on a long shipping crate with a tightly-wound steel strap around it, and a small air-gap under the strap. Slapping this strap made a heck of a sound, the wooden lid acting as a soundboard. Shortly (about 7-minutes) after making this discovery was made, the truck came to pick up the crate. This sudden loss motivated Andy to attempt to duplicate and electrify this concept but by using a lightweight, strong aluminum body. Several years of engineering and tinkering in his secret shop resulted in a brand-new instrument...which is much easier to drag onstage than a 500-pound crate.
Electric percussion?? That's not a drum!
It's electric because it uses an internal pickup (tranducer) to convert the vibrations of the strap into an electric signal just like an electric guitar. It's a percussion instrument because of the manner that it is played: by tapping the strap with the Hammer-On Technique. It's tuned because of the strap can be open-tuned to a particular key. It is also 'fretted' like a stand-up bass, allowing you to play percussive melody lines.
What kind of amp do you recommend to play this thing through?
This really depends on how you like to play. If you are just going to record, you can bypass the amp all together. The pickup is designed to catch a full range of frequencies and delivers a strong signal. A keyboard amp will take advantage of the frequency range the best, giving you the most choices. If you want to blow your windows out and freak-out the cat, a giant bass amp will do just fine.
What about using electronic effects?
This is where the fun begins! You can play these things with any electronic effect, looper, or other sound-processing gear. The Digitech RP-1000 is a great multi-effects processor to start with.
What about using a violin bow?
Yes...and the trippy harmonics sound quite amazing...especially with effects!
I must get one of these! How do I buy one?
Extremely little effort is required! Just pick up your finger and click HERE.
Who is this Andy Graham?
Andy Graham is a musician, performer, and the inventor of many interesting things...some of which are even useful! Please visit his website to find out more.
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US Patents 8,288,642 and D711,459. SlapStick ® is a trademark of Andy Graham Productions - andygraham.net