Learn to Play Paul Gilbert Style

This week I’ve been listening to a lot of Paul Gilbert stuff, so I thought I’d have a look at his style. This lick combines the first shape of the D minor pentatonic scale with some string skipped arpeggio ideas.

String Skipping: when you play a phrase or lick that requires you to “skip” over certain strings to pick others. In this lick we skip over the B string to play the high E string.

Paul Gilbert frequently uses string skipping in his arsenal of techniques, and it can be a great way to explore new fingerings or arrangements of licks. Be careful not to hit the B string as you cross over it, and watch out that your muting is accurate because you don’t want rogue strings ringing out as you’re playing.

I suggest practising the first half (the arpeggio section) on its own to get it down before moving on to the three note per string pentatonic part.


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