JACK GRASSEL

    Discipline and craft

 in service of the music

        

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Congratulations to Gabriel Condon, Robert Andrew Corder Jr. and Matthew Rotker - winners of the Sharon 2014 Lynn Wilson jazz guitar competition! 

THE MUSIC:

Enjoy my new video with Jill Jensen: ww.youtube.com/watch?v=Za6HuaJtrAQ

Tal Farlow set up his recording equipment each time I visited between 1994 and his last concert which I accompanied him on in 1997 at The National Guitar Workshop. TWO GUYS WITH GUITARS is the CD which lets you hear us play together. JazzTimes - review

JACK AND JILL JAZZ is the CD of the Los Angeles concert I did with Jill Jensen. Get it here on our shopping cart or download audio tracks at CD BABY. It's also at Schmitt Music Company in Racine, WI.

EL REFUGIO is the dynamic duo CD I recorded in Mexico with guitar virtuoso Guillermo Espinasse..

allaboutjazz - review OnMilwaukee.com - interview

Live Skype Concert - Schedule Jack and Jill for a 75 minute custom performance sent to your home computor from our studio stage. $600.                     Click "Contact" above.

Discover the music that Kirk Tatnall and I created with our superguitars (a bass and guitar combination) :     LIVE @ THE UPTOWNER with drummer Ernie Adams. GHOST RIDGE with drummer Dane Richeson. See the website: www.kirkandjack.com

www.jackandjilljazz.com is the website that explores my music with vocalist Jill Jensen.

Visit Jill at her web site: www.jilljensen.com

Patrick Patterson was in the audience at Caroline's Jazz Club for my first gig with the new triple neck and said: "If Roland Kirk had played guitar, this is what it would have looked like". Downbeat Magazine writer Kevin Lynch called us "a quintuple threat musical power couple".

Click here now to visit our CD store for Jack's 18 CDs,

Download tracks from some of our CDs at CD Baby

OUR COMPANY:

The same day you order from us your items will be brought carefully into the office on an alpaca fur pillow from our warehouse. 27 highly trained multi-racial employees will fast all night while inspecting your items by the light of yak butter candles. After an hour of meditation and prayer by all employees, it will be placed in a red, white and blue priority box and marched to the post office where the entire town of Sturtevant will cheer and wave goodbye to your package. U.S. Delivery: 2-3 days Elsewhere 4-9 days.

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THE LEARNING:     

Skype Guitar Lessons - Get answers on practicing, technique, chords, theory, improvisation, motivation, career, avoid & recover from injury.

GUITAR SEEDS has grown fine guitarists for four decades. Have fun with my horizontal and vertical 20 position system liberating the fingerboard into one big position with melody, rhythm, and bass line chord systems including exercises in polytonality.

You don't have to learn this stuff but you will have to compete with someone who did.  (Ted Ashford)

JAZZ RHYTHM GUITAR - This book / CD set has been created as a fast, clear, modern method of teaching jazz ensemble performing skills. Create award winning high school and college guitarists.Play along with bassist Tom McGirr, drummer Mike Lorenz and me.

MONSTER CHOPS - Explore new finger destinations in the ultimate technique book. Ignite single note technique and reading skills. 4 pages of ultra modern etudes in each of the12 positions evoking spirits of Coltrane, Dolphy and Monk. Summary etudes combine all positions for complete mastery of the finger board. No scales. No tablature. Only for serious guitar maniacs.

TOP 20 JAZZ GUITAR LESSONS DVD - An energizing supplement to my books. 74 minutes includes 3 mini-concerts with: vocalist Jill Jensen, guitarist Bob Monagle and bassist John Price.

BIG AX - Walk with the original book that mobilized the world's jazz guitarists to play jazz bass lines and chords simultaneously on a standard guitar.

SUPER AX - Intensify your solo guitar skills with this introduction to improvising melody, bass, and chords simultaneously on a 6 string guitar.

131 AXERCISES FOR THE SOLO JAZZ GUITARIST Build single note solos with walking bass lines simultaneously! Expands ideas in the BIG AX and SUPER AX books.

If you practice 8 hours a day doing something the wrong way, you will become very good at doing it the wrong way.   (Michael Jordan)

BRAIN TRAINING - Subliminally intensify and transform your performance. This self-hypnosis CD can help you become more confident and consistant.. For both male and female musicians. Voiced by Jill Jensen and John Schneider.

POWER PRACTICING - Maximize your motivation and efficiency . Enhance learning and productivity.

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THE ESSENTIAL BOOK / CD TRILOGY:

JAZZ GUITAR STANDARDS - Charlie Christian, Billy Bauer, Jim Hall, Joe Pass, Grant Green, Chuck Wayne.

JAZZ GUITAR FAVORITES   - Wes Montgomery, George Barnes, Pat Martino, Hank Garland, .Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts.

JAZZ GUITAR CLASSICS - Django Reinhardt, George Benson, Kenny Burrell, Johnny Smith, Jimmy Raney, Tal Farlow.

To create this trilogy, I transcribed and played a classic solo by 18 influential jazz guitarists using historically correct guitars and modern recording technology. These 3 books have standard notation, tablature, and playalong CDs at original and half speeds. The guitar channel may be turned off to solo with the rhythm section: pianist Jim Sodke, bassist Tom McGirr, and drummer Del Bennet. (Published by Hal Leonard

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G.I.G. - Grassel Institute of Guitar

Jack's instrument in the video (The Trident) is available for $800 with a gig bag. It cannot be sent through the mail and must be purchased in person in Racine Wisconsin. Contact Jack for an appointment to play and purchase it. 262 552 4012.

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ABOUT JACK:

Guitar One Magazine "readers voted Mr. Grassel 'One of the ten best guitarists (you probably don't know) in America...' Years of study with George Van Eps, Tal Farlow, Jimmy Wyble, and Billy Bauer helped him create his own unique style."

                                                                       

JazzTimes Magazine: "Guitarist Jack Grassel may be the best-kept secret in the jazz guitar community (although aspiring players may know him from an instructional column he contributed to Guitar Player Magazine for many years). An astounding technician with remarkable fluency and speed on single note lines and an incredibly advanced harmonic vocabulary that is on par with the likes of chordal geniuses Ted Green and Lenny Breau. Grassel has continued to fly under the radar while quietly putting out the occasional guitaristic gem from his home base in Brewtown". (Bill Milkowski)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack Grassel Explore Jack's career on Wikipedia.

www.youtube.com/resultsw?search_query=jack+grassel Enjoy more videos.

http://www.guitarinstructor.com/blog/2013/01/30/jack-grassel-discusses-his-new-trident-triple-neck-axe              - an inspiring conversation with Mike Mueller from Guitar One Magazine.--

The Great Jazz Guitarists-The Ultimate Guide - This comprehensive guide has bios of over 500 jazz guitarists. It's on sale here for $11. (Thanks to Scott Yanow for including Jack in his new book.)

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