Apr 10

jimi hendrix soloingGotcha! That title would definitely have captured my attention when I began to get seriously interested in playing blues guitar. Among my first inspirations was the initial wave of British guitar heroes (plus Hendrix, of course), and after painfully roughing out a few solos by ear I found what seemed to be the common ingredient: the minor pentatonic scale.

When I began to gravitate toward traditional blues, I thought that it must just be a different scale blend – mix the minor pentatonic with the major pentatonic and add a flat-five now and then – but my attempts to turn scales into legitimate-sounding blues solos never seemed to hit the mark. At the same time, I noticed that traditional blues guitarists never mentioned scales – if they talked about their playing at all, they would usually say something mysterious like “I just play what I hear.”

I was confused: If blues solos don’t come from scales, then where do they come from? 

It took a while, but I eventually figured out that “play what you hear” isn’t vague at all – it’s a literal prescription for how to play blues. Best guitar scales for blues soloing? None of them – here’s why:

Posted in Blues, guitar, keith wyatt
Mar 30

It is with great sadness that we heard the news that the acoustic guitar legend John Renbourn has died of a suspected heart attack at age 70.

Along with Bert Jansch and Davy Graham he was one of the most influential acoustic guitarists to emerge on the British music scene in the 1960's.

He will be sadly missed by all of us that knew him and loved his music.

Posted in guitar, Martin Taylor
Mar 24


Earlier in March I had my 10th Nr 1 in Japan (official single and album charts combined). A boy band with the interesting name "Sexy Zone" reached the top spot on the album chart and has sold more than 100,000 copies so far of the new album. 100k sold albums in Japan means another Gold record certification by RIAJ. I had the pleasure of writing one of the songs on the album together with Andreas Carlsson, Fredrik Hult and Steven Lee. We did this song at our camp in Costa Rica last year. The album also ended up as the 6th most sold album in the world that week on the Global album chart.

Also I recently had the pleasure of doing some gigs in Colorado with Frank Vignola and Vinnie Raniolo. We also did a short appearance on a local TV show in Aspen. Here comes our version of Limehouse Blues:


Regards Andreas

Mar 18

In my monthly video messages, I usually include a Bonus Lesson of something that I'm excited about on the guitar. These videos have always been available on the site, but I finally got around to giving them proper titles, so now you can go directly to the one that you want to watch. I had to watch them all in order to title them, and I have to say that there is some good stuff here. I recommend a look! Just go to +MUSIC and click on Bonus Lessons to get started. As I make more of these, I'll continue to label them, so you can continue to find what you like. 

Thank you,


Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Mar 16

After spending a some time with a stereo pedalboard set-up... I decided to go back to mono. 

I've got enough complexity going on on the fingerboard, so I think a simpler pedalboard will serve me better. We'll see if this one survives the week!

Rock and Roll!


Posted in guitar, paul gilbert