What’s Hot With Jazz Guitar: Wolf Marshall

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature guitarist Wolf Marshall. Wolf is a chameleon of guitar styles and he has some wonderful transcription books. I have several. Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, Best of Jazz Guitar. Wolf's transcription CDs are killer. The transcriptions themselves are dead accurate and he plays the tracks flawlessly.

This is really good stuff folks. Check him out!

About Wolf (Courtesy Mark Stefani)

Wolf Marshall is a unique hybrid. He is internationally acclaimed as both a guitarist and a celebrity educator. Through his many products, Wolf has gained an enormous worldwide following and status usually accorded only to “famed players” in “name bands,” and has been listened to on his releases by more aspiring fretboard enthusiasts than most so-called guitar heroes.

Marshall has been rightfully nicknamed the “Rich Little of Guitar.” He is the leading impressionist in the industry; emulating, on record, the styles of the greats with unerring accuracy. And not only does he perform the most challenging licks and tricks of players like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton, and countless others on his best-selling book/CD packages, but he explains and demonstrates their special techniques and approaches to legions of guitar students and fans globally.

Those early efforts have extended to his love and passion for jazz guitar and its players, with his ground-breaking transcription books covering legends like Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson, Grant Green, and others.

Wolf also teamed up with Riff Interactive (www.riffinteractive.com) to create an innovative multi-media guitar program for Paul Allen's EMP online project. Titled “The Lick Of The Day” this web-based series is in nowm available on three CD-ROM discs, and is further indictation of Wolf's far-reaching musical and educational aims.

For Wolf's book information and endorsements from top professionals, see below. For his full history and list of credits, visit his website: www.wolfmarshall.com.

From Hal Leonard…

Wolf Marshall is the pre-eminent guitar educator-performer of our time. The founder and original editor-in-chief of GuitarOne magazine, he is a highly-respected and prolific author and columnist who has been an influential force in music education since the early 1980s.

Wolf has worked closely with Hal Leonard Corporation for the past decade, authoring such highly-acclaimed multimedia books as “The Guitar Style of Stevie Ray Vaughan,” Blues Guitar Classics,” “The Beatles Favorites,” “The Beatles Hits,” “The Rolling Stones,” “The Best of Carlos Santana,” “Guitar Instrumental Hits,” “Steve Vai: Alien Love Secrets,” “Eric Clapton Unplugged,” “Eric Johnson,” “The Guitars of Elvis,” “Aerosmith 1973-1979 and Aerosmith 1979-1998,” “Mark Knopfler,” “The Best of Queen,” “The Best of Cream,” and many more.

His eight-volume series, “The Wolf Marshall Guitar Method” and “Power Studies” established new standards for modern guitar pedagogy in the early 1990s, as did his “Guitar Jammin'” authentic song books. Marshall's more recent releases include “B.B. King – The Definitive Collection,” “The Best of Jazz Guitar,” “The Best of Wes Montgomery, “The Best of George Benson,” and “The Best of Charlie Christian.”

In “101 Must Know Jazz Licks,” and its predecessor “101 Must Know Blues Licks,” Wolf directs his encyclopedic knowledge of modern guitar music at a unique series designed to improve the vocabulary of all guitarists.

On the web:

PDF Interview of Wolf Marshall by Mark Stefani (courtesy of Just Jazz Guitar):

Wolf Marshall's website:


Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com, where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar' columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc now endorses Peerless Guitars and has the website Jazz Guitar Zone to help promote Peerless jazz guitars in the US. He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps — great for jazz (and anything else!)

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