Paul Gilbert - Two Types of Guitarists

Uploaded by someguitarphreak on 03.12.2010

There's many different... There's 2 main categories you can put guitar
playing in. But, the 2 that I think are important,
or at least the 2 I want to tell you about today,
are rhythmic, and non-rhythmic.
And I don't mean rhythm guitar like .
like that. Rhythm doesn't mean low and chunky, or strumming
chords. It just means that has something...
that it locks into the tempo somehow. That there's some kind of tempo,
and that the underlying structure of what you're playing on guitar
relates to that tempo. .
So, you can play a solo up really, really high
and it can still have rhythm to it. Y'know, like the song I just did.
The tempo was something like .
And of course, the typical rhythm part might be
. That's what people think...
That's what guitar players think of when they hear that word 'rhythm'.
But, if you play a solo, you play your high notes,
it can still have .
And that still has a rhythm. Where, if you play non-rhythmically,
even if I play, y'know... .
That's still... and I like that. I like non-rhythmic playing
as well. But
it doesn't make your head
go like this when you play.
. So there's some...
I think that the message I want to give you is I just want you to
be aware of, as a listener, and aware, as a player,
of when the guitar playing is locking into the groove and being rhythmic
regardless if it's low, or high, or in the middle.
And when it's not. When it's floating above the rhythm.
. And there's certainly some great guitar playing
that is non-rhythmic. Like 'Eruption', by Van Halen,
is pretty much non-rhythmic. Great notes
floating all over the place. .
And it doesn't... you hear .
The end! The end starts to get rhythmic.
The .
You can tap your foot to that. But the rest of it is more floating
or free-form. And that's fine.
But the thing I'll say about rhythmic guitar playing
is that when you play a solo and it locks into the groove,
it has the same effect as if your soundman
cranked up your guitar fader twice as loud.
. So, you know, the drums, and the bass
start to support your notes, instead of fighting them.
So, if you want to be heard, it really helps to play
with the groove, with the tempo to lock in.