Gilbert Made Easy

by Ben Higgins

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  • Hi and welcome to my new lesson. This time we attempting the task of making Paul Gilbert easy! Err.. what do I mean by that? Well these guitar legends are known for their awesome technical prowess but aspiring guitar players want to be able to learn their stuff, right? If you're a beginner or intermediate player, this can seem a very far away and innaccessable task. So my aim is to give you a foot in the door of Paul's style in the hop that you'll build on it and tackle more difficult lessons as you get better.

    Paul is known for his incredible picking licks so that is our main focus. Alternate picking is a fundamental technique of guitar playing, no matter the genre. Even if you never want to take it super speeds, alternate picking is still something that you need to be comfortable with.

    Not only is it about technique but it's also about tone. Paul likes to use palm muting to make his picking licks stand out and sound punchy. You'll notice that I use this technique on the lower strings. When we get to the B and high E we don't use palm muting as the higher strings don't quite respond as well to it and it becomes harder to control excess noise from the lower strings that are not covered by the hand.

    So, alternate picking and palm muting are the main focus of the lesson. Aside from that, you'll notice that I use a very wide vibrato in this lesson. Paul;'s vibrato can be very wide and aggressive so do try to emulate this as best as you can.

    I recommend using a gain setting that is not too overpowering so you can clearly hear your pick strokes and keep an eye on your hand coordination. Other than that, just enjoy!

    Oh, and keep those power tools away from your strings......

    E A D G B E - Standard Tuning
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