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April 2015

Articles by Paul Gilbert

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
After the show, my bandmates and I piled back into my newly purchased but very previously owned Oldsmobile and headed back into farm country where the chickens and our guitars awaited us.
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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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