Charles H. Chapman

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Charles H. Chapman, 60, a longtime professor of guitar at the Berklee College of Music, passed away July 15, 2011, in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, following a long and courageous battle with a brain tumor.

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A world-class musician and recording artist, his career spanned nearly four decades. Charles was known as an old school jazz player, sharing the stage at guitar festivals with luminaries such as Martin Taylor, Kenny Burrell, Joe Negri, Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola, Howard Alden, Jack Wilkins, and John Pisano.

As an author, he wrote nine books on guitar technique, and as a music journalist, penned more than 500 articles for music publications including Downbeat, Just Jazz Guitar, Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar Gallery, and Guitar Shop. He was the recipient of numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kirkmichael International Guitar Festival in Scotland.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Donna Chapman, of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Condolences can be sent to her at PO Box 234, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-0234.