Paul Gilbert Rhythm Lesson

I missed this when it was originally posted last December, but last year Paul Gilbert was a featured Guitar Center Sessions artist. During part of the session, he gave an interesting rhythm lesson in which he talks about taking familiar rhythms (like “Smoke on the Water” and “Purple Haze”) and using different notes with that same rhythm pattern:

During the session, he also talked about song writing, his pedal board, music theory, string skipping, and he played songs by Christina Aguilera, Muddy Waters, Aerosmith, Robin Trower, Johnny Cash, the Doobie Brothers, the Doors, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. It looks like it was a really fun session. Gilbert seems to have an unending enthusiasm for music and the guitar and that enthusiasm comes across in his lessons.


  1. says

    Excellent clip, the guy’s just a neverending source of inspiration. I’ll no doubt spend the rest of my morning checking out the rest of the clips there. Cheers! :)

  2. Josh says

    Hey Neal, glad you like the videos. You can tell just by watching his videos that he really just loves playing music, and it’s fun to watch people who are not only good at what they do but also happy about it.

  3. says

    Very cool. Lots of jazz-style advice in there, and a lot of old school music theory. There’s actually quite a bit of art music that uses recurring rhythmic patterns as an organizational element.

    Anyway, Paul Gilbert is a thoughtful guy.

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