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Paul Gilbert is well known for his highly-acclaimed technical guitar work with Racer X and Mr. Big . After he parted ways with Mr. Big in 1996, Paul pursued his career as a solo guitarist and has evolved into a successful solo artist/singer/songwriter.

Gilbert composes music in a wide variety of styles including pop, rock, metal, blues, jazz, funk and classical, but is perhaps best known for his versatility and speed. His guitar work is characterised by his floating right hand contrary to the more common anchored right hand that guitarists like Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour favour. He is also considered to be one of the best proponents of alternate picking.

Paul once had his own column in British guitar magazine, Total Guitar. He is sometimes a guest lecturer at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT) that he once attended, along with Gary Hoey and many other guitar players. He works a great deal with GIT’s division in Japan, where he lived for a time before relocating to Los Angeles, CA.


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  • TheFinalJoker

    Got my copy of the new album from Japan some days ago. It's really different from the previous albums again, very improvisational, bluesy, lofty, non-metal shredding stuff. I love it, though.

    8 hours ago Reply
  • mistatwinkies I wish he announced this stuff ahead of time, no US/Int'l release date is such a slap in the face

    26 Jun 5:23am Reply
  • ilhammaulana

    This man can feel what he plays.

    18 May 4:22pm Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    @DeValanten: Some of Paul's instrumental songs are just disguised practice routines, he's admittedly written some of his work by building a song around a couple cool riffs/licks, but his pop-rock vocal songs aren't boring, but they are pretty simple and straightforward. I think his appeal is his unique playing style, and with that, interesting variations on electric guitar bits we've heard a million times from other blues-rock. I personally love his humble and down-to-earth attitude in contrast to all the ego-maniacs in the "shred" genre, and I think it reflects in his studio and live work.

    19 Jan 8:43pm Reply
  • DeValanten

    His solo stuff really sounds like a boring thing, after second-third listening. Definitely, a stuff for guitar-nerds.

    16 Jan 4:55pm Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    Kinda bummed there has been little to no new updates about new music in the last year, just guitar lessons and G4 the guitar lesson experience (why joe why)

    8 Jan 4:26am Reply
  • god_day

    vibrato is really amazing. just the thing you would expect from paul. he constantly progresses and pushes himself to get out of his comfort zone. the music is great, props to his wife for amazing playing as well.

    28 Jul 2013 Reply
  • YudaBM

    And incredibly talented... made/ makes me keep on practicing my modes and alt picking

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • YudaBM

    What a nice guy :)

    20 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Danny_Ocean11

    Кто русский-палец вверх за модную футболку!!!! [3]

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • edneoson

    new album is absolutely amazing!

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • Deusdictum

    Тут нет пальцев, глупышки.

    8 May 2013 Reply
  • FolkerRussia

    Кто русский-палец вверх за модную футболку!!!! [2]

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ZigaMan1984

    Кто русский-палец вверх за модную футболку!!!!

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • HimitsuUK

    Another album? Must get. Consist releases of high quality content!

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ikd-sj

    =Down to Mexico= absolutely (。♋‸♋。)

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Tomzors

    Inspirational. Shame I'm talentless!

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Gapkilla

    Nice YES cover he did in Vibrato even though the basswork is what usually stands out in the original.

    3 Feb 2013 Reply

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    Happy Birthday Paul and to quote another shoutbox

    7 Nov 2012 Reply
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