We are honored that such a big name as Hershel Yatovitz has found Monster Grips as helpful as many other musicians have.

“I have always felt that dropping picks on occasion is a really good sign that I’m playing with the level of relaxation in my picking hand essential for good technique. But f course when they do fly away it’s no fun. With Monster Grips I get to play with my hand more relaxed than ever and never drop my pick. Perfection!” – Hershel Yatovitz: Lead Guitar with Chris Isaak and Silvertone

That is precisely the goal of Monster Grips; to allow for a more relaxed grip while maintaining a secure hold on your pick.

About Hershel Yatovitz

Hershel Yatovitz is the lead guitarist for pop rock icon Chris Isaak. Since joining Isaak in 1995 he has recorded 10 albums with Isaak, toured the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and made hundreds of TV appearances. He also acted and played on the critically acclaimed Showtime TV series, “The Chris Isaak Show” from 2000-2003. And, more recently performed with Stevie Nicks, Trisha Yearwood, and Glen Campbell on the A&E BIO Network’s “The Chris Isaak Hour”.

Among many other artists, Hershel has played with: Art Alexis (Everclear), Nicole Atkins, Booker T. (Booker T. and the MG’s), Michelle Branch (Santana), Junior Brown, Michael Buble, James Burthon (Elvis Presley), Glen Campbell, Brandi Carlyle, Mike Clark (Hervie Hancock), Shawn Colvin, Dick Dale, Bo Diddley, Minnie Driver, Pete Escovedo, Gloria Estefan, Mark Ford, Bruce Forman, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Bros.) Tootie Heath, James Hunter, Chris Issak, Stephen Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), Kolvane, Lisa Loeb, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Brian McKnight, Brett Michaels (Poison), Alison Moorer, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Joe Pass, Bonnie Raitt, Rufus Reid, Leann Rimes, Ritchie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Brian Setzer, Paul Stanley (KISS), John Stowell, Ron Thompson, Pam Tillis, Waddy Wachtel, DB Walker, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Trisha Yearwood, and Dweezil Zappa.

An active record producer and composer, Hershel also plays bass and drums. He is at home playing many styles including African, Blues, Calypso, Country Western, Folk, Funk, Italian, Jazz, Latin, Motown, Raggae, R&B, Rock, Soul, and Western Swing. His versatility has led to diverse experiences, form meeting and performing for U.S. Presidents and other luminaries to playing venues from The Superbowl, Kennedy Center, and The Hollywood Bowl, to hospitals and children’s centers to TV shows with legendary music stars.

As well as performing in many San Francisco Bay Area bands, and producing and recording local artists, Hershel was a music educator until 1994. He taught guitar and bass for 17 years, including 9 years at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in California. When not on tour he lives in Portland, Oregon, USA.

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Photo: Courtesy of Carey Nordstrand