Jul 18

paul gilbert guitar pedalbaord

Here is my latest pedalboard. I used these pedals a lot while recording the new Mr. Big album, and I plan on taking them to the G4 Experience as well. 

To make the pedalboard "indestructible," I attached the pedals to the board with Velcro, used black gaffer tape to keep the knobs at my favorite settings, cut small strips of Velcro to hold the cables down, and did some important labeling.

My (well-meaning) guitar techs have blown up several of my power supplies over the years (by plugging into the wrong voltage), so I've learned to label my power supply with big numbers. I haven't blown one up since. 120 volts for G4!

I recently started using a Jimi Hendrix Cry Baby wah wah. I've wasted a few soundchecks in the past by thinking that my amps sounded a little strange, then readjusting all the EQ settings, then realizing that I had accidentally left the wah wah on. I labeled my wah wah to remind myself to check. Is it OFF?

Finally, on the left (in dark brown) is a TC Electronic MojoMojo. It has a small switch in between the knobs. I like the switch in the "up" position, but I often forget to check it. The upward pointing arrow will remind me.

Now, I'm ready to jam!

Thank you,


Posted in guitar, paul gilbert
Jul 17

In this sample lesson from Martin Taylor's Online Fingerstyle Guitar School, he goes over improvising over jazz chords using a 2-5-1 progression consisting of Dm7, Gm7, C.

The 2-5-1 progression is simple but effective and it's a great way to practice your improvisation skills. All you need is a long backing track or loop with the right chords, then let those notes sing with your own melody for as long as you like.

For a beginner first learning improvisation or even if you have been playing awhile, this exercise can be a good way to practice clean and tasteful soloing without too many notes. Just let the feel of the 2-5-1 dictate where you place the notes and from there focus on creating your own melody.

Jul 10

For anyone who missed it, here's the full video of our recent "Mando Magic with Mike Marshall" workshop. Moderated by Scott Tichnenor of Mandolin Cafe, we were also joined by some of Mike's mandolin students as well as ArtistWorks Dobro instructor Andy Hall. We had a blast getting into some interesting mandolin related topics, and of course there was some jamming as well! Thanks to everyone who tuned in live and especially the students here who participated and helped us get the word out. See you next time!

Jun 30

Chuck Loeb was recently on New Jersey Jazz Radio station WGBO where he talks about how it's going with the Online Jazz Guitar School among other things. Check it out here, or click on the picture to listen! 

chuck loeb interview

Posted in chuck loeb, guitar, jazz
Jun 24

online mandolin workshop with mike marshall

Join us LIVE on Wednesday, July 9th at 5:30 PDT for an online mandolin workshop featuring Mike Marshall along with ArtistWorks Dobro instructor Andy Hall. We did one of these last year which was a lot of fun (click here to watch if you missed it), and we look forward to another great workshop which we're calling "Mando Magic with Mike Marshall." Mike will be joined once again by Mandolin Cafe founder Scott Tichenor to talk about his own history playing mandolin, plus they'll also be some jamming as well as discussion about techniques and playing tips.

This is a rare opportunity, so click here to Pre-Register for "Mando Magic with Mike Marshall"! You'll be sent a reminder to tune in live when the event happens on July 9th.