Emmett Chapman

September 28, 1936November 1, 2021
Obituary of Emmett Chapman
Celebration the life of Emmett Chapman Emmett Howard Chapman, age 85, of Woodland Hills, California, died at his home on Monday, November 1, 2021. He was born in Santa Barbara, California on September 28, 1936.  An innovative jazz guitarist, Emmett discovered the Free Hands two-handed tapping method, a new way to play the guitar, in 1969, and he invented a new instrument to embody that method. Together with his wife Jutta, in 1974 he founded Stick Enterprises, Inc., to make the musical instruments that bear his name, The Chapman Stick, which he ran until his death. Emmett served in the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1967, rising to the rank of captain. Emmett is survived by Jutta, his wife of sixty-five years, their two daughters, Grace Chapman McCarty and Diana Chapman Lang, his brother Dan Chapman, and a worldwide community of musicians who play his instrument. The service will be this Friday, November 12 at 11:00 am. Prior to the service, there will be a memorial slideshow in the chapel from 10:00-11:00 am. LOCATION   Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary 6909 Canoga Avenue Canoga Park, California 91303 You can add your thoughts and photos to the memorial website page. The chapel service will also be live-streamed on facebook, via this link: With love, from the Chapman family Friends that would like to view the family service, may do so Friday November 11th at 10:30pm on Facebook Live. Please go to Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary Facebook at this link

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