online guitar lessons with paul gilbert

18 Year Professor of Guitar, Musicians Institute, Multi-platinum Recording Artist with Mr. Big
Extensive rock guitar method - every level

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Take Rock Guitar Lessons from the Legendary Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert has taken his entire knowledge of playing guitar and poured it into a comprehensive video library that includes hundreds of incredible rock guitar lessons. Subscribers get unlimited access to all online guitar lessons, supplemented by guitar tabs and other study materials (including the "Paul Gilbert Book of Guitar"). Plus there's special guest appearances and a community of guitar enthusiasts from all over the world.

What ultimately sets these guitar lessons apart from other online offerings however, is the ability to submit a video using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange® learning platform. Paul reviews each submission and records a video response where he offers tips and techniques to practice. All students can access Paul's Video Exchange library, which with over 2000 unique responses might contain the key to unlock your own playing.

Top Quality Guitar Lessons

  • 100s of guitar lessons at your own pace
  • All levels from beginner to advanced
  • Slow Motion Isolation and Video Looping
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  • Submit practice videos to Paul Gilbert
  • Get custom feedback on your playing
  • Practice the advice and get better faster
Worldwide Community

  • Connect with students around the world
  • Learn from everyone’s Video Exchanges 
  • Stay motivated to progress your playing

Paul Gilbert Rock Guitar Lessons

Click a lesson category below to explore the curriculum
  • Fundamentals
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


  • Introduction to Basic Rock Guitar
  • Getting Your Sound
  • Tuning
  • E Major Chord
  • Holding the Pick: Down/Up Strokes
  • Moving Chords
  • Left Hand Position
  • The Chicka
  • Pentatonic Chicka 1
  • Indestructible Guitar
  • Chord Stopping
  • A Minor and C Major Chords
  • Left Hand Muting
  • Strumming Accuracy
  • The Thwump
  • Bus Fare for the B7
  • A String Bar Chords
  • Sus Chords
  • Power Chord Syncopations
  • Power Pinky
  • Time to Crank Up
  • Palm Muting
  • Single Note Introduction
  • Feeling the Motion
  • Recap on Strumming, Chords, and Controlling the Electric Guitar
  • Syncopated Pentatonic
  • Pentatonic Chicka 2
  • Bending Strings
  • Second Bend
  • Sliding
  • Basic String Skipping
  • Rhythmic Bending
  • The Pinky Stretch
  • Picking Revolution
  • Picking Groove Precision
  • Basic Pull-Offs
  • Stadium Trill
  • Pinky Trill
  • Bending/Pull-Off Combination
  • Pick Muting
  • Bending to Chord Tones
  • The Muted Sweep
  • Triplet Pull-Offs
  • Hammer-On Triplets
  • Shuffle
  • Upstrokes on a Downbeat
  • 16th Note Triplets in a Shuffle
  • Shuffle on the Volcano
  • Big String Skipping Shuffle
  • Syncopated Shuffle
  • Heavy Metal Shuffle
  • Southern Shuffle
  • Rock This Shuffle
  • The Thumb is not Forbidden
  • Intense Thumb
  • Arpeggiating Chords 1
  • Arpeggiating Chords 2
  • Arpeggiating Chords 3


  • Pentatonic Solo 1
  • Pentatonic Solo 2
  • Pentatonic Solo 3
  • Pentatonic Solo 4
  • Pentatonic Solo 5
  • Pentatonic Solo 6
  • Pentatonic Solo 7
  • Pentatonic Solo 8
  • Pentatonic Solo 9
  • Pentatonic Solo 10
  • Pentatonic Unison Bends
  • Pentatonic Recap
  • Blues Scale
  • Harmonies in Pentatonic
  • Adding Major 3rd and Major 6th
  • Fast Rock Triplets
  • Fast Picking Blues Scale
  • The Seeds of 16th Notes
  • Fast Descending Pentatonic Pattern 1
  • Fast Descending Pentatonic Pattern 2
  • Picking 3 Over 4
  • Musicality


  • Introduction to Advanced Rock Guitar
  • Introduction to Fast Playing
  • A Minor Pentatonic 1
  • A Minor Pentatonic 2
  • A Minor Pentatonic 3
  • A Minor Pentatonic 4
  • A Natural Minor
  • A Minor 9
  • A Blues
  • A Natural Minor "The" Picking Lick
  • String Skipping 1
  • String Skipping 2
  • String Skipping 3
  • String Skipping 4
  • String Skipping 5
  • String Skipping 6
  • String Skipping 7
  • String Skipping 8
  • Time Squeeze
  • 3 Note Per String Major Scale
  • Scales - Low Strings
  • Scales - Mid Strings
  • Scales - High Strings
  • Arpeggios - Major Triad
  • Arpeggios - Minor Triad
  • E Minor 9 Arpeggio
  • Blues Arpeggios
  • Arpeggio Recap
  • Phrasing
  • Outro Speech

Reviews for Online Guitar Lesons with Paul Gilbert

  • "Paul is as far as I'm concerned, the best guitar teacher in the world and you guys have an awesome design and implementation. I've never felt so satisfied and learned so much from being subscribed to ANY other paid website. I'd seriously lose my Costco membership before I'd lose this one. Paul Gilbert through ArtistWorks has transformed both my playing and my overall enjoyment and love of music."Todd Cullum
  • "The school is awesome! I have learned more in one year there than I have learned in all the rest of my years of guitar playing combined. I definitely recommend checking it out."Paris Cloyd
  • "What's really incredible about this format is that if you post a video, Paul will check it out and offer some helpful feedback. It's kind of crazy to think about, but if you're a member, that's what you get access to."Bobby Kittleberge
  • "The best guitar lessons I have ever taken. Playing better than ever now!"Greg Gonzalez
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About Paul

Rock guitarist Paul Gilbert was born in Illinois and raised in rural Pennsylvania. Paul was first inspired by his uncle Jimi Kidd and started to learn guitar at the young age of 5. By the time he was 15, Paul was performing in clubs with his band Tau Zero and was also featured in the February 1983 issue of Guitar Player magazine. When he was 17, Paul moved to Los Angeles to study guitar at the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT). After graduation, Paul joined the faculty as a guitar teacher and also began recording with the group Black Sheep. He later formed the band Racer X, who released their debut album Street Lethal in 1986. In 1988 he began playing guitar with the Grammy nominated group Mr. Big. Aside from his signature rock guitar shredding, Paul Gilbert is known for his enthusiasm and being an approachable and highly effective guitar instructor.

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