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With Hybrid Picking For Guitar, Gustavo Assis-Brasil has created a hugely valuable resource, in terms of expanding both one's technique and vocabulary. Also, the studies at the end of the book are beautiful pieces in their own right. I highly recommend it. --BEN MONDER, jazz guitarist

(...) Gustavo Assis-Brasil has a unique way of demystifying hybrid picking (...) he introduces musical examples that would have seemed impossible to play before starting to work with the book. (...) Hybrid Picking For Guitar is engaging, informative and great fun to use. (...) After only a short amount of time working with Hybrid Picking For Guitar one gains the desire to keep practicing and develop this incredibly useful technique. The study periods will be well rewarded, because learning hybrid picking inspires creativity and offers new opportunities for discovery and self-expression. --ALL ABOUT JAZZ.COM, By Ben McDonnell

I am very impressed! The compositions are very deep and the technical tips for playing with pick and fingers are very practical and creative. The book is a much-needed text on the topic. It is exhaustive without being pedantic. Congratulations! It's excellent! --SCOTT McGILL (McGill/Manring/Stevens)
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(...) Gustavo Assis-Brasil has a unique way of demystifying hybrid picking (...) he introduces musical examples that would have seemed impossible to play before starting to work with the book. (...) Hybrid Picking For Guitar is engaging, informative and great fun to use. (...) After only a short amount of time working with Hybrid Picking For Guitar one gains the desire to keep practicing and develop this incredibly useful technique. The study periods will be well rewarded, because learning hybrid picking inspires creativity and offers new opportunities for discovery and self-expression. ALL ABOUT JAZZ.COM, By Ben McDonnell --ALL ABOUT JAZZ.COM, By Ben McDonnell

I am very impressed! The compositions are very deep and the technical tips for playing with pick and fingers are very practical and creative. The book is a much-needed text on the topic. It is exhaustive without being pedantic. Congratulations! It's excellent! SCOTT McGILL (McGill/Manring/Stevens) --SCOTT McGILL (McGill/Manring/Stevens)

About the Author

Based in Boston, USA, Gustavo Assis-Brasil began playing the guitar at the age of 13. He attended the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, to get his bachelor in classical guitar in 1995. During those years, he worked as a studio musician, private teacher and played with some important bands and projects (Nocet, Bichofolha duo with Guilherme Barros). In 1995 he was featured in Guitar Player Magazine - USA (Spotlight session). In 1999 he got a full scholarship to get his Master Degree In Jazz at Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. His main teachers were Mick Goodrick (Gary Burton Quartet, Pat Metheny), Wayne Krantz (Leni Stern, Steely Dan, Michael Brecker), Hal Crook (duo w/Joe Diorio), Ed Tomassi, Dave Fiucsynski (Screaming Headless Torsos), Rick Peckham, Larry Baione, and currently Charlie Banacos and the South Indian 'guru' Prasanna. Gustavo also had master-classes/lessons with Pat Metheny, Frank Gambale, Mike Stern, Dave Liebman and John Scofield. He is also the director of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Department of the Cambridge School of Weston and teaches at Berklee College of Music's Guitar Sessions. Also as a teacher, Gustavo taught clinics at GIT, Guitar Institute of Technology, Los Angeles, CA; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA; UFRGS, Brazil; Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil; University of Passo Fundo, Brazil. In 2005, Gustavo released the book Hybrid Picking for Guitar. This book is the first method entirely dedicated to the art of combining pick and fingers to play the guitar. The book is in its 3rd edition and it has been receiving praise worldwide. Gustavo performed/recorded with John Stowell, Dig Trio, Frank Potenza, Richard Smith, Sandro Albert, Hiromi, Tony Grey (John Mclaughlin), Prasanna, Greg Hopkins, Brett Wilmott, Garo Saraydarian, Tony Gaboury, Matthew Nicholl, Tim Ries (Rolling Stone
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Gustavo Assis Brasil Music; 3rd edition (November 16, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977439801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977439805
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven on January 15, 2006
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I'm a professional guitarist and guitar teacher and am submiting the below review based on many years experience performing and teaching the guitar in a variety of styles.

Many guitarists' right hand technique is limited to the use a pick only. Others favor the use of their individual right hand fingers exclusively. The technical exercises required to excel at each approach vary somewhat and the strengths of each approach also vary. For example the pick is a wonderful tool for creating a consistent sound while performing complex, linear single note lines while the use of individual fingers allows for a more contrapuntal approach and excels when wide intervals are required.

Since both techniques are strong at bringing out different types of musical material the obvious question is; why not use both approaches at the same time and get the best of both worlds? In fact a number of great players have been doing just that with what has come to be called Hybrid Picking technique for quite some time but, up to now, no one as knowledgeable as author/guitarist Assis-Brasil has taken the time to really address the technical challenges that a person encounters when trying to get a significant level of mastery in this area.

Hybrid Picking For Guitar is a well organized book that finally addresses this neglected area of guitar technique: the art of using a guitar pick held between thumb and forefinger combinded with the remaining available right hand fingers together as a powerful and well integrated 'team' which then allows the player to optimize the strengths of both approaches.
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This is a great book, an extra tool for modern sounds. I would suggest this book to anyone looking to increase their vocabulary of technique. But...I thought there would be more exercises in there, especially for 35$ It was a little light on the information. It starts with right hand stuff, gaining independence from one finger to the next. But then he goes atonal, there's not really any formula to what he does other than play the string with nearest finger. I would've liked to get some more linear things, scales, how he fingers them, and common arpeggios, not in 5's, like straight dominant, or maj,7th's would've been nice, he then give lines to go over chords and then his studys. It actually reminds me of classical guitar, through memorization, rather than pure improvisation. Don't get me wrong I liked the book, I was just expecting a little more from this guy, I mean you have to hear him play, amazing!
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This book is one of the most important and innovative books ever written on the subject of guitar playing. It is required for guitarists seeking to broaden their technical and musical language. I have benefited so much from the material in this book and saw improvements in my technique immediatly. There are no other sources for education on this technique that are close to approaching the insight and detail in this book. Gustavo Assis Brasil is an amazing musician, guitarist, and teacher. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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By LEE PROSSER - JazzReview.com

Recognized for his unique stylings and innovative approaches, Gustavo Assis-Brasil shares with guitarists his many intricate insights for a complete method of combining pick and fingers for hybrid picking. His book will educate and entertain. In creating this fine book of instruction, the author provides step-by-step exercises. He gives standard notation and tablature, and there is a CD with examples and compositions included. The user of this book will learn how to combine legato, alternate, and sweep with hybrid picking. Chapters include an excellent section on hybrid picking lines, melodic pairs, 12 tone lines, harmonic exercises, permutation chart, and voicings. Each chapter covers in-depth its subject matter in concise, clear writing and examples. Highly recommended for those interested in developing hybrid guitar picking skills.
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Is the ultimate bible for hybrid picking. At the same time that it is part of the small group of books about the topic, it also dismiss several others you eventually would need because it is very solid. So far (page 90 out of 120), the only negative point I've seen is that the book's progression is a little bit exhaustive and may demand you more determination than usual.

It totally pays off after page 80 (more or less). Gustavo's creative style brings you amazing examples that are really exciting for those into jazz and general guitar freakness (haha).

There's nothing better when it comes down to hybrid picking 101!
It's a must!
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I really like Assis-Brasil's method for hybrid picking. I'm not

classical trained, but I sincerely think this book could be a short

cut for people who want to combine fingers and pick to play the

guitar. The book is really well organized and has tons of exercises and lines using that technique. At the end of the book, Gustavo Assis Brasil demonstrates his incredible composition skills using the technique.This book is a must for any serious guitar player of any style!
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