This is a public version of the members-only Rock Guitar with Paul Gilbert, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Rock Guitar with Paul Gilbert.
Join Now

30 Day Challenge
«Prev of Next»

Rock Guitar Lessons: Pentatonic Chicka 1

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Written Materials +




Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   
Rock Guitar

This video lesson is available only to members of
Rock Guitar with Paul Gilbert.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Rock Guitar with Paul Gilbert. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Rock Guitar Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
One, two, three, four!
The world would be such a better place if
people practiced their scales like this.
You know I've been teaching a long time
and I've heard people practice scales
forever, and typically scales are
practiced like this.
then, while you're doing it you're
thinking some day I'm going to do it fast.
But, to me this,
this leads to to a little bit of a dead
And, at least in rock and roll.
Where the elements of rock and roll are so
much about power.
Hitting that note hard.
And be able to control the other strings.
And this exercise is perfect for
doing that because in between each note we
have a chicka.
And that chicka requires us to use this
part of our hand to block out
those strings.
So you have to go between doing a single
note and the chicka and
you have to change strings to the next
And, then we do it in time.
This is really useful,
this is the stuff you can play in a song,
now by the way these are the early notes.
I'm not gonna play the whole scale.
But this is some of a pentatonic scale,
we'll get into that a lot more later.
But I just wanna give you the first few
So we'll we'll, let's look at these.
Let's, let's actually, the idea of playing
them individually like this.
I will accept that at the very
beginning just as a visualization tool.
You know, to be able to look at the
And know where your fingers go.
And make a shape.
And I always use neck diagrams, or, or
that sort of thing all the time,
to just be able to visualize where those
notes are.
I can even sort of see it in my, in my
You can practice without a guitar that
You go okay, this figure here, you can
really see the shape of it.
But as soon as you have that, that
knowledge of where the fingers go,
I wanna start making those notes sound
good and to do that let's put in a nice
Now I'm also adding a little bit of
Now, that's a whole world, is vibrato.
Guitar is such a cool instrument for
vibrato [SOUND] and the way I'm doing
The important part of your body in this
exercise is going to be this joint on your
first finger.
And I really recommend that you connect
that to the bottom of the neck.
And if you have a classical guitar
teacher, they're going to yell at you and
say, no you can never do that.
That's forbidden.
But for rock guitar, it's fantastic.
You connect that to the bottom of the
neck, and
then your finger connects to the note.
And then your wrist,
Is actually what moves the note.
Your finger is sort of locked into place.
You're not moving it like that, it's just
locked and then your wrist motion.
Makes your finger move.
And your wrist is powerful.
In this case, I'm pulling down toward the
ground and
if you've never done this before you might
notice a new callous building.
You don't want blood or pain, just
gradually try bending that note around.
But that's a glorious little moment.
On the top of this chicka scale.
Oh, that's a good note.
And I'll end back there.
Now let's take a look at the picking.
I'm doing down-strokes for all the notes.
So that's going to be pretty easy.
But those chickas are down and up.
So a little bit of strumming technique in
I, I love that.
I really think this is a great way to
practice scales.
It keeps you in time.
And, you can tap your foot to it.
You can move your shoulders to it.
Your head, your neck.
This is, this will move an audience.
This really feels good.
You'll be able to use it in music almost
immediately, and
it's, it's not just boring scale practice,
it's music.
And so, please try the pentatonic scale
with the chicka and
a little bit of vibrato with your wrist on
One, two, three, four!
One, two, three, four!