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Paul Gilbert

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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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  • EETFUK

    I genuinely enjoy his voice and prefer his fun pop-rock stuff over the more shred/instrumental stuff.

    7 Jan 6:21am Reply
  • Treats4TheSOUL

    Hey Paul, I have tinnitus too. It fucking sucks. You're great though.

    4 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Gurgenium

    Его музыка своей атмосферой почему-то напоминает мне советскую эстраду 70-х.

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    This man can feel what he plays. (2

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • flaviovigatto

    Excelent sz

    20 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MaxxNemo

    супер гитарюга.. )

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • MaxxNemo

    Кто русский-палец вверх за модную футболку!!!! [4]

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    just got my int'l/US copy of it (Shrapnel Records) which has this descriptive sticker on the front: <"Stone Pushing Uphill Man" is a guitar oriented instrumental record on which Paul covers a group of his favorite songs, originally recorded by some of the world's best vocalists. Paul uses his guitar like a voice to convey a wide range of emotions, while retaining his signature cutting edge solo work.> After finding out about the song covers I was hoping there would be more vocals, but before I was hoping for more original work because his composition is something I've been appreciating a lot more since SFBADR. The other songs are covers but the originals are: Shock Absorber, Stone Pushing Uphill Man, and Purple Without All the Red, the title-song being the only one with vocals. Portnoy plays drums on "Working for the Weekend" and "Why Don't We Do It in the Road". The album's a fun listen but if you're new to his work you're better off checking it out after the last few releases.

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • 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.

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • mistatwinkies

    http://www.paulgilbert.com/news/2014/6/25/new-album-out-in-japan I wish he announced this stuff ahead of time, no US/Int'l release date is such a slap in the face

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ilhammaulana

    This man can feel what he plays.

    18 May 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • DeValanten

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

    16 Jan 2014 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 2014 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
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