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Essential Licks - Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert is one of the most gifted shredders. His playing is overwhelming and studying his technique is an enjoyable task for every guitar student:

We'll warm up with a run from Down To Mexico:

Down To Mexico

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And a repetitive run from Heavy Disco Trip:

Heavy Disco Trip

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Hammer-ons and Pull-offs from Pablo Wablo:

Pablo Wablo

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Adding slides in Pablo Wablo again:

Pablo Wablo 2

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Gilbert often uses trills to embelish his solos. From Flamingo:

Flamingo

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Using free strings is a Gilbert trademark, like this run from I Feel Love:

I Feel Love

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And from Be My Wife:

Be My Wife

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Free strings again in Bumblebee:

Bumblebee

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A chordal run from Ears and Ayyyeeeeees:

Ears and Ayyyeeeeees

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An interesting technique in Gilbert's work is strings skips. From Pablo Wablo:

Pablo Wablo 3

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An example of how Gilbert plays arpeggios in Gilberto Concerto:

Gilberto Concerto

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And two examples of tapping from Vivaldi's Four Seasons:

Four Seasons

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Four Seasons 2

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