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Sep 23

What is fingerstyle?

You may have heard the term fingerstyle used synonymously with fingerpicking, but the two are really quite a bit different. Fingerpicking generally involves moving between the thumb on the bass notes and the fingers on treble notes, and builing around patterns for your fingers. These recognizable patterns can be applied to many different kinds of music and sound great. 

Fingerstyle guitar blends bass and treble together, with your fingers and thumb working all of the strings together. Watch fingerstyle guitarist Martin Taylor playing "They Can't Take That Away from Me" in the above video. You can hear bass and treble notes together, with the thumb and the fingers moving across the instrument rather than following distinct patterns.

Sep 22

After some intense rehearsals, my band and I are ready to rock Japan. First Freddie Nelson and Tony Spinner came to Portland to rehearse with me and work out our guitar parts and vocal harmonies. Then the three of us flew to L.A. to rehearse with Kevin Chown (bass) and Thomas Lang (drums.) The nice thing about rehearsing is that... It works. The band gets tighter, and my own playing gets better and easier. 

Zakk Wylde happened to be rehearsing next door to us, so it was good to see him too. He is one of the modern masters of vibrato... an accomplishment that I always admire.

Rock and Roll!


Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Sep 21

In October I will be embarking on a Solo UK Tour to celebrate my 60th Birthday.

The UK is where it all started for me, so it's going to be great visiting some of the towns I played at the beginning of my career.

If I'm playing in a town near you please come along and say hi! Here's the tour dates...

14 Fareham, Ashcroft Arts Centre
15 New Milton, Forest Arts Centre
18 Colchester Arts Centre
19 Guildford, G Live
21 Whitby, Musicport Festival
25 Wavendon, Milton Keynes, The Stables
27 Manchester, Band On The Wall
28 London, Indigo O2 (Bill Wyman’s 80th Birthday Concert)
31 Uppingham, Uppingham Theatre

1 Runcorn, Brindley Theatre
2 Loughborough, University Arts
4 Dundee, Gardyne Theaytre
5 Inverness, The Spectrum

For further details go to...

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Sep 19

I'll be touring for the next two months... with three different bands. First is a show in Japan with the 5-piece band that played on my "I Can Destroy" album. Next are a few shows in California with Mr. Big, and then a tour with my 3-piece band in Europe, England, Israel, and Russia. These are the pedals that are making the songs happen at the moment. In order, they are: MXR Buffer, Foxrox Octron, Keeley Looper to switch the Electro Harmonix Deluxe Electric Mistress, two MXR Phase 90s, Ibanez TS-9DX Tube Screamer with Keeley Mod, TC Electronic MojoMojo, and 4114 Custom Effects Flux Capacitor Delay. The Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2 Plus is there to power the pedals.

I will giving VIP lessons at many of the shows. These tickets are extremely limited and sell out quickly, so if you're interested in jamming with me, and seeing soundcheck, please sign up soon.

See you on tour!

Thank you,


Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Sep 15

For any students living in Germany or Ireland I will be playing 6 shows next week with 'Night of Jazz Guitar' alongside Ulf Wakenius, Andreas Dombert & Paolo Morelo. (Tour dates listed below...)

Posted in guitar, Martin Taylor