Gustavo Assis-Brasil

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Gustavo Assis-Brasil
Genres Jazz-Brazilian Music-Instrumental Rock
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Gustavo Assis-Brasil, Dig Trio, A-No-Ne Band, Mozik
Website Official website

Gustavo Assis-Brasil is a Brazilian American jazz guitarist. Based in Boston, he is considered a major pioneer in organizing the study and development of the hybrid picking technique for guitar.[1] In 1999 he received a full scholarship to get his Master's degree at Berklee College of Music and The Boston Conservatory. His main teachers were Mick Goodrick, Wayne Krantz, Ed Tomassi, Dave Fiuczynski, Rick Peckham, and Larry Baione. He has also studied with Charlie Banacos, and Prasanna. In 2005, Gustavo released the book Hybrid Picking for Guitar.

He is the director of the Jazz and Contemporary Music Ensembles of The Cambridge School of Weston and he teaches at Berklee College of Music during the Guitar Sessions.[2]

He has performed and recorded with artists and grops like Mozik, John Stowell, Tim Pascoal, Frank Potenza, Richard Smith, Mauricio Zottarelli, Hiromi, Tony Grey (John McLaughlin), Prasanna, Greg Hopkins, Esperanza Spalding, Brett Wilmott, Garo Saraydarian, Matthew Nicholl, Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder), Nelson Faria, Jose Pienasola (Elis Regina, Romero Lubambo, Leny Andrade), Michael Farquharson, Hiroaki Honshuku, Oriente Lopez, Dough Johnson, Natalie Dietrich, Fernando Huergo, among others.


  • Mozik "Mozik" (2011)
  • Gustavo Assis-Brasil “Manha Transfigurada” soundtrack (2010)
  • Gustavo Assis-Brasil “In concert” (2008)
  • Dig Trio “Dig Trio” (2003)
  • Bichofolha (with Guilherme Barros) (1996)


  1. ^ [1], by Ben McDonnell
  2. ^ [2], faculty listing
  • Assis-Brasil, Gustavo (2005). Hybrid Picking for Guitar. Gustavo Assis-Brasil Music. ISBN 0-9774398-0-1. 
  • Assis-Brasil, Gustavo (2008). Hybrid Picking Exercises: Single Note Permutations. Create Space. ISBN 978-1-4528-9543-7. 
  • Assis-Brasil, Gustavo (2011). Hybrid Picking Lines and Licks for Guitar. Gustavo Assis-Brasil Music. ISBN 978-1-4507-8128-2. 

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