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Alex De Grassi

    Widely heralded as one of the finest steel string fingerstyle guitarists in the world, Alex De Grassi has won thousands of fans over the past three decades with his masterful technique, inspired compositions, and distinctive, beautifully orchestrated sound. Raised in the San Francisco area, Alex drew on his family's rich musical tradition throughout his formative years: his mother loved jazz, his father studied classical piano, and his grandfather was a violinist with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. While the trumpet was his first instrument, Alex switched to guitar in his early teens, inspired by acoustic performers such as John Renbourne, Leo Kottke and Ralph Towner along with rock, pop and jazz artists of the day.

    Primarily a self-taught musician, Alex studied jazz guitar with Bill Thrasher at U.C. Santa Barbara before transferring to UC Berkeley, where he took music courses while earning a degree in economic geography. Never complacent with his professional achievements, he has continually sought opportunities to expand his musical experience. He studied jazz piano with Mark Levine and composition with William Mathieu and has enlisted a broad spectrum of artists for his collaborative projects, including Luis Conte, Michael Manring, Chris Garcia, and Zakir Hussein. Alex released Turning: Turning Back in 1978.

    The first entry in his impressive discography, the album was selected by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of ten essential fingerstyle recordings. The Water Garden received GRAMMY® and Indie Award nominations and was named Best Acoustic Instrumental Recording for 1998 by Crossroads Magazine, and Shortwave Postcard was selected as one of the top CDs of 2002 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Alex has performed throughout the world, including appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Interlochen Festival, and the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1999 he was featured in Alex De Grassi: The Artist's Profile, a concert / interview program on PBS.

Alex De Grassi - Techniques & Arrangements - DVD
Alex De Grassi pioneered the techniques that have become standard in the repertoire of many of today's acoustic fingerstylists! Here's a rare glimpse of a master guitarist's technique at work. Alex De Grassi has a lot to say about melodies and counter-melodies, two-hand tapping, percussive slapping, double hammer-ons, harmonics, and how to develop dynamic chord structures. He teaches his compositions in a clear way, discussing voicings, alternate open tunings, variations on melody and the technique you'll need to put it all together. Alex takes you on an in-depth exploration of three of his most popular pieces: the haunting melodies of "Western" and "Lost In The Woods" as well as his funky classic "The Monkulator". Not only will Alex expand your fingerstyle techniques, you'll have an ear-opening lesson in the power of chords and melodies from a master musician and guitarist!
(90 min) Booklet included.....................................................Price - $29.95

Alex De Grassi - Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar - DVD
Often cited as one of the world's top fingerstyle steel-string guitarists, Grammy nominee Alex de Grassi brings a unique voice to the art of acoustic guitar with his evocative compositions and arrangements, a highly orchestrated sound, and sheer virtuosity! This DVD features a dozen lessons on acoustic guitar tone and techniques, taught by a fingerstyle master. Topics covered include: accents, cross string picking, dynamics, glissandos and slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs, polyrhythms and cross rhythms, string stopping, timbre, tone production, vibrato and pitch modulation.
(100 min).................................................................................Price - $24.95
 Alex De Grassi Plays "St. James Infirmary"

Alex De Grassi - Best Of Alex De Grassi - Book
Solo guitar pieces Include: "Blood and Jasmine, Blue Trout, Bright Sky, Cumulus, Deep at Night, Klamath, Short Order, Sleeping Lady, Turning Turning Back".
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $19.95
 Alex De Grassi Plays "Blue Trout"

Alex De Grassi - In Concert - DVD
Recorded before a Nashville studio audience, this DVD captures the solo guitar artistry of one of the world's finest steel-string fingerstyle players around! Known for his flawless technique, inspired compositions and melodically inventive style, De Grassi demonstrates his richly orchestrated sound on a dozen standards and originals. Songs include: "Blue Trout, Inverness, The Water Garden, It Ain't Necessarily So, Deep At Night, Round Midnight, Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie, Turning Turning Back, Cumulus Rising, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, The Last Steam Engine Train, Swing Low"
(83 min)...................................................................................Price - $24.95
 Alex De Grassi Plays "Turning Turning Back"

Alex De Grassi - The Six String Workshop - DVD
Guitar players are always trying to figure out the trademark tricks of their heroes. Alex De Grassi, one of the most influential acoustic guitarists of all time, lets viewers in on his secrets. "The Six-String Workshop" shows guitar fans valuable inside tips on playing techniques, tunings and other guitar secrets. Music and performance discussion are on the following songs: "Short Order, Lay This Body Down, Single Girl, St. James Infirmary, Shortnin' Bread, The Last Steam Engine".
(60 min)...................................................................................Price - $19.95
 Alex De Grassi Plays "Shortnin' Bread"

Alex De Grassi - Fingerstyle Guitar Method - Book and Online Audio
Hone your guitar technique and deepen your understanding of contemporary fingerstyle guitar with this full method taught by one of the masters of the genre. From fundamentals like properly positioning the fretting and picking hands to developing a solid alternating thumb technique, Alex De Grassi carefully guides beginning and intermediate players into the world of steel string guitar. He then explores more advanced topics like cross-string playing, altering the texture and weight of notes and chords, slapping and tapping, and developing “depth of field” in your playing explaining in detail techniques he has used in composing and arranging guitar music for over 30 years. This book includes standard notation and tablature as well as links to online audio tracks!
Notation and tab....................................................................Price - $24.95
 Alex De Grassi Plays "Western"

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