Gilbert Inspired - String Skipping...

by Zsolt Galambos

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  • Hi GMC-ers!

    When I first heard the string skipping arpeggios that Paul Gilbert used in his songs, I was stunned. How can someone play arpeggios and sweeping that smooth? Later, when I began studying his style, I've learned that these are not common sweeping techniques, but rather string skipping arpeggios.

    Mr. Paul Gilbert only uses some of the pentatonic shapes, and some diminished runs, but I wanted to incorporate the technique in my style, so I thought what if I'd play it in a Blues scale? So I started working on it. First I leaned the first position, and later on I learned all the positions on the guitar neck. Now I use this technique incorporated with my own style, and also coming up with some new ideas and scales.

    The technique itself is a bit advanced. It requires some wider stretches, and a very relaxed left hand. To be able to play this technique, you should always relax and stretch your left hand as much as possible.

    This lesson contains:


    -String Skipping


    -Vide Stetches


    My tuning is in D, that means a whole step down: D, G, C, F, A, D.

    Have Fun Practicing!

    - Zsolt

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