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Instruments > Guitar > Rock Guitar with Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert
Guitar Lessons

Paul Gilbert has poured a wealth of musical knowledge into hundreds of rock guitar lessons. Students in the electric guitar course have unlimited access to these video lessons, as well as guitar tabs, study materials, and the opportunity to swap videos with Paul.

 Guitar shredding techniques  Pentatonic exercises

 Interviews with guitar icons  Large library of feedback

Paul Gilbert online music lessons

What You'll Learn

What ultimately sets these rock guitar lessons apart from other offerings is the ability to submit a video for review using the ArtistWorks Video Exchange Learning® platform. Paul reviews each submission and records a video response, offering specific guidance to take your guitar playing to the next level. All students can access the Video Exchange library and watch each other’s interactions with Paul. This library is constantly expanding and may contain the key to unlock your playing.

Top Quality Guitar Lessons

  • 100s of guitar lessons at your own pace
  • All levels and styles of playing welcome
  • Slow Motion & Looping on videos

About Paul Gilbert

Rock Guitarist Paul Gilbert began playing by ear at 9 years old and spent his teenage years playing in bars around Pittsburgh, PA. At 17, Paul moved to Hollywood to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT.) At 18, he was hired as GIT's youngest instructor. At the same time, Paul released the first album with his band RACER X, which became one of the top-selling acts in the L.A. club scene. In 1988, Paul joined forces with bassist Billy Sheehan to form MR. BIG. The band went on to have #1 chart success with their single, "To Be With You," and sell out multiple nights at Japan's Budokan arena. Paul's "Intense Rock" series of instructional videos became legendary for their clarity, humor, and jaw-dropping technique. Paul has also recorded over 20 albums as a solo artist, performed on Joe Satriani's G3 tour, is a long-time endorser of Ibanez guitars, and hosts The Great Guitar Escape camp. Through his ArtistWorks course, Paul breaks down all his iconic playing techniques and practice drills with the enthusiasm and approachability he's known for.

Rock Guitar Lessons


Introduction to Basic Rock Guitar
Getting Your Sound
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
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
Single Note Introduction
Submit a Placement Video
Feeling the Motion
Recap on Strumming, Chords, and Controlling the Electric Guitar
Syncopated Pentatonic
Pentatonic Chicka 2
Bending Strings
Second Bend
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
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
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
Submit a Placement Video


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
Additional Submitted Songs and Miscellaneous Topics
Arpeggios - Major Triad
Submit a Placement Video
Arpeggios - Minor Triad
E Minor 9 Arpeggio
Blues Arpeggios
Arpeggio Recap
Outro Speech

30 Day Challenge

30 Day Challenge - 2017 (Archive)

Power Tools

Shake It Don't Break It
The Thumb and the Thwump
Contrast and CONTRAST
Phrase That Pianos Can't Do
How Angry Are You?
Don't Let the Drummer Be the Only One In the Band Who Rocks
Dum Pah Chicka (Kung Pao)
Giant Finger Endings
Vibrato Up to the Sky or Down to the Ground
Rock Wrist Transitions
Chicka Funka Thumb
Giant Finger Jumping
Dynamic Pentatonic Challenge
Werewolves of Portland
King Arthur's Legato Picking Arpeggios
Minor Mix Up
With a Little Help From Adjacent Muting
Wrist Twist Anti Sausage
Non Widley Sixes
Tears For Muted Picking
Smooth Scales
Anchors Away


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