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Articles by Paul Gilbert

Shred Your Enthusiasm: Blues-Rock Obstacle Course

October 8, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Add some blues firepower to your lick arsenal. • Become a string-skipping ninja. • Develop the skills to become a harmonic ninja
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Aristocratic Arpeggios

September 5, 2012
Balance hammer-ons and pulloffs with picked notes to create a smooth sound.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: One, Two, Three, Four

August 10, 2012
If one had to choose the best “one, two, three, four” in all of recorded music, who would get the prize?
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Stumbling Block Rock

July 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Beginner Lesson Overview: • Overcome the “major third” tuning barrier. • Create lines that use a threeover- four pattern. • Combine the Dorian mode and blues
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Music Appreciation

June 8, 2012
What sort of things would I experiment with? Why, the blues scale of course. And then I’d share my results with you. Here they are.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Johnny Cash vs. the Ostrich

May 11, 2012
Understand the “three over four” principle.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: A Snow Shovel or a Hair Dryer?

April 6, 2012
Learn how to switch between different alternate-picking patterns.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: 250 Years of "Scarified"

March 9, 2012
Chops: Intermediate Theory: Intermediate Lesson Overview: • Learn the correct way to steal from the classical masters. • Understand the “real” way to play “Scarified.” • Create long, flowing
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: For Those About to Rock

February 10, 2012
The Mr. Big legend talks about how to keep your ears in good condition and deal with hearing loss you may already have.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Buonasera Roccaforzata

January 13, 2012
I want you to learn the songs I learned for my Italian clinic tour.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Guilty Pleasure of Sonic Bell-Bottoms

December 20, 2011
Decades passed, and at some point it occurred to me to revisit some of those lost licks of the ’70s. It was very much like looking at a pair of bell-bottom pants and thinking, “You know, those are actually pretty cool.”
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Oldsmobile Rides Again

November 15, 2011
How a flat tire inspired a whole new view of arpeggios.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Stranglehold by Starlight

October 18, 2011
Playing over jazz chord changes can be one of the most humiliating experiences a rock guitar player can ever face.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Seafood and Juggling—a Love Story

September 20, 2011
The following phrases are so fresh to me, if they had legs they would still be wiggling around in the air.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Reticulated Python Eats Bear

August 16, 2011
Can I bite off a giant arpeggio and digest it in one bear-sized piece? Or will I get better results from dividing up the arpeggio into smaller segments I can digest gradually over time?
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: Thanksgiving at Ted Nugent's House

July 19, 2011
This month, I want to show you how to play minor seven flat five, and why it sounds so good.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: The Super-Hendrix Scale

June 14, 2011
The reason that this scale is so groundbreaking to me is that it gives me something unique to do over the V chord in a blues progression.
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: How to Practice Pole-Vaulting

May 17, 2011
Have you watched pole-vaulters on the Olympics? I’ve always wondered what a lesson for a beginning pole-vaulter might look like. How do you practice something like this slowly? I
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Shred Your Enthusiasm: I Meant to Do That

April 19, 2011
Crafting solos by playing well-selected notes on purpose because you like the way they sound, not just because they happen to fall in a convenient spot where your fingers were going anyway.
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