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Jan 11
PaulGilbert

Here is a photo by the amazing photographer and pickup maker, Larry DiMarzio. I always begin the session with the standard "Stand there with the guitar, lean forward, and look mean" pose. But after 100 of those, I start to search for other things to do in front of the camera. I like this one, but I think what it really needs is a good caption. Some possible captions are:

"Hey, it looks like it might rain! I think I've got an umbrella in my pocket. Let me flip my guitar around, and I'll check..."

Or,

"Yes Zeus, I dare to defy you by playing a Bb note! But if you wish this note to cease, you must first strike me down!"

Or,

"Argh! I've seen Stevie Ray Vaughan play guitar behind his back, but I can't get anything to work back there!"

Anyway, many thanks to Larry for always making me look good and sound good.

Rock and Roll,

Paul

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Jan 5
KeithW

Blues Guitar Lessons with Keith Wyatt

One of my students here at ArtistWorks recently asked me on the Blues Guitar School forum to name some influential solos that I have transcribed over the years. It seemed like a good topic for discussion, so here’s an expanded version of what I wrote:

To paraphrase an old saying, “if you steal one idea it's plagiarism but if you steal a hundred it's research.” In my opinion, the best way to learn a style is to emulate the masters, and learning solos teaches you not only licks, but how a great player arranges ideas over time.  A classic solo will also reveal new layers as your own ear, skills, and knowledge expand, so you can keep coming back to it for new insights. In most cases I never wrote these down but instead memorized them on the guitar, which after all is where you want the ideas to “live.”

In no particular order, here’s a sample of solos that I have memorized note-for-note at some point; some I still know pretty well while others would need some dusting off, but they’re all in there somewhere.

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Jan 3
PaulGilbert

I just received my copy of "Metallion" in the mail. It's a magazine made entirely with photos and articles from the recent Mr. Big tour of Japan. The magazine is made by the staff of "Burrn!!" magazine. I asked them once, why they spell Burrn with the letter "r" twice. They said that they were inspired by the British heavy metal magazine, "Kerrang!" That's good enough for me.

Most of all, it was great to see so many cool photos from that amazing tour. 

In a month or so, the tour will continue in South America, and a few shows in the U.S.A. as well. Los Angeles is the final show. It will be great to finish in my hometown!

Thank you,

Paul

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Dec 25
PaulGilbert

2014 was a great year here at the ArtistWorks Online Rock Guitar School. THANK YOU to everyone who joined me here for jamming, stomping, bending, listening, playing ferocious licks and memorable melodies, and cranking out rhythms with groove, chunk, and chickas. Let's do even more in 2015! 

Rock and Roll!

Paul

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Dec 18
AW

We are excited to announce that online piano lessons with Hugh Sung are now available! Learn more about the Online Popular Piano School at artistworks.com/piano.

"It's an incredible honor to be joining the roster of some of the best musicians in the world and sharing a common passion to make the very best music education available to students anywhere. One of my greatest thrills comes from helping people discover the amazing things they can do with music. ArtistWorks provides an unprecedented platform to make this possible. Through these beautifully filmed piano lessons and the personal attention I can give to each student through ArtistWorks' Video Exchange system, I can help people play beautiful music right from day one. We based these online piano lessons on songs that people want to play, without all the boring exercises or mind-numbing theory. Students learn just what they need to play their favorite songs in the shortest time possible, and we have tons of fun in the process!" - Hugh Sung

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