Sunday, 1 January 2012

Gustavo Assis-Brasil: hybrid picking

Next Week - Gustavo Assis Brasil (hybrid picking)

Gustavo Assis-Brasil (1995) "Something" by George Harrison The Beatles - solo guitar


Foreword by Guthrie Govan

Guitarist, composer, recording artist, educator and author Gustavo Assis-Brasil presents his third book about hybrid picking technique.
Recommended for intermediate to advanced guitarists, Hybrid Picking Lines & Licks is a collection of 284 modern phrases exclusively written for the pick and fingers combined.
Chapters include: Triads, Arpeggios, Pentatonics, Scales and Modes, Atonal, Intervallic, and Octave Displacement Lines and Licks.

Shipping date: 12/06/2011

Welcome to a very splendid new book on hybrid picking! Essentially this is the "Swiss army knife" approach to picking technique, combining the advantages of fingerstyle and "regular" picking to facilitate all sorts of crazy stuff (wide interval leaps, open chord voicings, polyphony, you name it...) which would otherwise be unplayable. Hybrid Picking Lines & Licks For Guitar offers an abundance of new ideas for your delectation... Perhaps the coolest thing about the examples in here is that they're not just technical exercises: the actual notes are interesting, too, so your fretting hand and musical ear are just as likely to benefit as your hybrid picking technique itself. I'm confident that any guitar player, regardless of his/her style and technique, will find something challenging and inspiring in the following pages. Nice one, Gustavo!


"Since working out of Gustavo Assis-Brasil's Hybrid Picking books I've definitely been graced with new and creative approaches to the guitar. I've always been a fan of wide intervallic lines, as well as voice leading, and hybrid picking seems to be the perfect technique encompassing both those things and more. I've literally been inspired to write new music directly after spending a little time with his books daily. Getting the Lines & Licks book pushed things even further as far as creative lines are concerned. Having use of my other fingers while still holding the pick is an ingenious way to approach the guitar!”

TOSIN ABASI (Animals as Leaders)

"Gustavo Assis Brasil's new book is an excellent resource for any guitarist looking to expand their melodic vocabulary with hybrid picking technique. Guitarists seeking to expand their palette will find a great deal of inspiring material throughout."


“Gustavo Assis-Brasil has authored a valuable resource for the serious guitarist looking to improve his or her abilities using hybrid picking. Gustavo clearly lays out many exercises to build and develop this crucial skill. Highly recommended.”


“Gustavo Assis-Brasil's Lines & Licks book is really useful for those interested in the hybrid picking technique and also a great tool for anyone interested in broadening the knowledge of the fingerboard.”


Alvin de Leon: Neung Vinai Alive Guitar Solo Competition

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Milan Polak: tribute to Jason Becker and Japan Red Cross releases Polak - all guitars, bass & keyboards
Thomas Lang - drums
This song was featured on a CD called "Warmth In The Wilderness Vol. II - A Tribute To Jason Becker" (Lion Music) along with Steve Vai, Marty Friedman a.m.o.
Purchase on iTunes:
Milan Polak's albums are available on iTunes, CDBaby, amazon and guitar9.
For further order links please visit

Utopia (A Tribute To Jason Becker) - Milan Polak on iTunes:
This song was written & recorded for the Japan Benefit CD "Embrace The Sun" (Lion Music). All profits will be donated to the Japan Red Cross!
Music & lyrics by Milan Polak
Produced by Milan Polak & Pete Lesperance
Milan Polak - lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, 1st guitar solo
Pete Lesperance (Harem Scarem) - electric & baritone guitars, e-bow, 2nd guitar solo
Kip Winger (Alice Cooper, Winger) - bass
Dennis Leeflang (Lita Ford, Bumblefoot) - drums
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (Guns N' Roses) - 3rd guitar solo
Harry Hess (Harem Scarem) - backing vocals
I can't understand it, is this who we are?
Ain't no use pretending, we've gone too far
I can't find a reason we cause so much pain
I won't stop believing there's another way for a better day
Nothing in this world will last forever -- so live without it
Take your final chance, it's now or never -- just think about it
Change how we're living before we cross the line
And pay for that crime until the end of time
This is our final hour, still greed knows no shame
And the hunger for power is a dirty game, who is left to blame?
Nothing in this world will last forever -- so live without it
Take your final chance, it's now or never -- just think about it
Change how we're living before we cross the line
And pay for that crime until the end of time
What's this world really coming to?
End this hell that we're going through
Keep on searching your heart and soul
Until we find peace of mind...
Milan Polak's albums are available on iTunes, CDBaby, amazon and guitar9.
For further order links please visit

Milan Polak - End Of Time

Eric Maldonado: welcome to 2012


Mike Stern: Lap axe travel guitar review

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Mattias IA Eklundh, Stuart Hamm, Atma Anur: Jason Becker Fest

Mattias IA Eklundh letting loose with an avalanche of rapid fire melody, when he, Stuart Hamm, & Atma Anur performed during the Jason Becker's not Dead' festival, at the Patronaat venue in Haarlem, The Netherlands, on November 13th, 2011.

The festival was a mind blowing, near six hour marathon of world class guitar performances.

This clip is a single camera view from audience position, but a professional camera crew was also present to record the event in full, so watch out for the official video, to be released in the near future.
About Mattia IA Eklundh (extract from Wikipedia):
Outside of Freak Kitchen, Eklundh has recorded several solo albums, and made appearances as a guest musician for Swedish heavy metal bands like Evergrey and Soilwork. His two Freak Guitar solo albums are released on Steve Vai's Favored Nations label, and include drawings and other artwork by friend Anders Nyberg. In 2005, he grouped with Swedish bass guitarist and composer Jonas Hellborg in the Jonas Hellborg Trio along with drummer Niclas Campagnol and played their first gig in Mumbai, India and followed with a tour of India. His album "Freak Guitar - The Road Less Traveled" features a rock/metal-like remix of not title theme, but the background theme from the 1985 film Fletch. He also annually hosts and teaches at the Freak Guitar Camp. Mattias Eklundh endorses Caparison guitars, who make his signature Apple Horn guitar, and Yamaha Guitars for the company's unique Silent Guitar electroacoustic. He is also a long time user of Laney amplifiers, currently using a VH100R. Russian manufacturer AMT Electronics have created a signature overdrive/distortion pedal for Eklundh called the Freak Guitar. Recently, Mattias Eklundh became a devoted Kelstone user.
About Stuart Hamm (extract from his website):
Through his innovative work as a solo artist and his contributions as a sideman to Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, Stuart Hamm has firmly established himself as one of the most influential electric bassists of the past half-century. Extending the non-traditional function of the electric bass previously revolutionized by Jaco Pastorius and Stanley Clarke in the 1970s, Hamm helped to reshape the contemporary concept of the bass guitar as an unaccompanied instrument with the utilization of polyphonic, two-handed tapping, slapping and popping techniques, chords, and harmonics. Although Hamm certainly wasn't the first bass player to debut during the 1980s and employ an unorthodox approach to playing the electric bass, he was undoubtedly at the forefront of his generation who effectively fused the application of these unconventional techniques.
About Atma Anur (extract from his website):
Atma became a valued musician and drummer for Mike Varney's Shrapnel records in the mid 80s, and recorded a great many CDs on that label. Most of these CDs were recorded at Praorie Sun Recordings, located in Cotati Ca. Run by Mark "mooka" Rennek, it is one of the Bay Area's best recording facilities. On Shrapnel, Atma played with pivotal musicians such as Jason Becker, Tony MacAlpine, Cacophony, Greg Howe, Richie Kotzen and many more of Mike's amazing guitar discoveries. Under Mike Varney's direction many of these CDs were engineered and mixed by Grammy award winning producer Steve Fontano, and Prairie Sun's own "mooka" Rennick.
As Neal Schon of the rock band Journey said of Atma in Rolling Stone Magazine "Atma is the Jimi Hendrix of drums, the guitar player's drummer. "
Atma's guitar virtuoso sideman credits also include commercial guitar heroes Joe Satriani and Doug Doppler. Two of Doug and Atma's CDs: Ground Zero and Nu instrumental, were released in 2007 by Steve Vai's Favored Nations record label. Atma also recorded many CDs with Richie Kotzen, on various record labels between 1989 and 2005, including the Geffen Recordsrelease: Mother Heads, Family Reunion and the Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey sound track.
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