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Jul 2
JakeHertzog

tuning a guitar

Before jumping into learning jazz, it's always a good idea to first make sure you have mastered some important guitar basics. One of most fundamental skills any guitarist needs to have a grip on is proper tuning. 

Tuning any stringed instrument has never been easy, and it is as much of an art form today as it was when people first began plucking strings.

Posted in guitar, jazz
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Jun 23
ArtistWorks

paul gilbert rock guitar teacher

"Three years. 3000 videos. And a lot of good times." - Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert is a prolific guitar teacher. Since first launching in May 2012, guitarists from around the world have jumped at the opportunity to go through the curriculum and submit their practice videos to rock guitar guru Paul Gilbert

It wasn’t too long that Paul had recorded over 2000 Video Exchanges, which he celebrated with his custom 2000 Ibanez guitar. Each Video Exchange® is an opportunity for Paul to dispense more of his great guitar wisdom, and a chance for all his students to learn more than what’s just in the curriculum lessons. 

Now just over a year later, Paul has reached a new milestone: over 3000 Video Exchanges! Paul’s pick company was so excited that they are sending the student who submitted the video 200 custom Tortex picks! One side will be his own signature and design, and the other will be this awesome message as a reminder: 

tortex custom pick

Congratulations Paul, well done! And a big THANK YOU to everyone who’s submitted a video to Paul or any of our fine online instructors - keep sending 'em in! 

Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
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Jun 19
ArtistWorks

 SAVE 20% ON ANY CELLO MEMBERSHIP!

cello lessons with mike block coming soon

For a long time now, we have been receiving requests to offer online cello lessons. Good News: our latest Video Exchange® learning site is now accepting pre-orders before we launch live: Multi-Style Cello with Mike Block! The cello curriculum is designed for all levels of players and will focus primarily on the three styles Mike is most known for: Classical, Jazz, and Bluegrass. 

Here’s the best part: anyone who signs up before we launch in July will save 20% on any length of membership plan. No code is needed, just sign up now and we'll send you an email once the site goes live in July. Click here to get started! 

We had a blast recording with Mike Block and there are hundreds of cello lessons soon to be available. In the meantime, check out some unofficial footage we took of Mike Block jamming with Rushad Eggleston and Jeremy Kittel while they were here recording some lessons about playing in a group.

Posted in cello, mike block
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Jun 18
PaulGilbert

I was looking at some photos from the last Mr. Big Japan tour, and this one stood out to me. What could I be thinking?

"I nailed Eric's mic stand to the floor before the show!"

"I just crushed up some dried hot peppers to put on my pizza... and then rubbed my eyes. Youch!"

"I think I'll play 'To Be With You' with full-on distortion tonight."

"What is the name of that actor who was dating Madonna when she did that movie... Uhggh! This is going to drive me crazy!"

I can't remember what I was actually thinking. But whatever it was... It made a good Rock Face!

Thank you,

Paul

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Jun 11
PaulGilbert

I'm having a truly great time in the studio, making my new solo album. Kevin Shirley is producing, and is inspiring my band and me to give our best performances. We rarely do more than three takes of a song, and results of this high pressure method of recording are fantastic. We've completed seven new songs in just four days of recording. This includes solos, lead vocals, and harmonies. I did a ferocious Makita drill solo in a song today, just for fun. But the way this album is going... everything is fun. We've also got a pro video guy shooting just about everything, so we'll have some great footage when it's all done. By the way, the band is Tony Spinner and Freddie Nelson on guitars and vocals, Kevin Chown on bass and vocals, Thomas Lang on drums, and of course myself on guitar and vocals. We've still got more time in the studio and more songs to record. I can't wait to finish, and unleash some rock on the world!

Thank you,

Paul

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