|FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS|
|Q: Why do you have such a junky website?
A: I like to do it myself. That way I can change it anytime I want to, and you get the latest news directly from me.
|Q: You have changed your amp endorsement over the years. What made you finally decide on Marshall amps?
A: OK, a brief history of amps I have used...
1986 -1987- early RACER X - 70's Marshall 50w head w/Lee Jackson mod
1988 - Live RACER X albums - stock ADA pre-amp into Ampeg V-4 head
1989 - MR. BIG first album - Metaltronix head and Ampeg/ADA system
1991 - MR. BIG "Lean Into It" - All of the above!
1993 - MR. BIG "Bump Ahead" - Ampeg VL1002 head
1995 - MR. BIG "Hey Man" - Laney VC50 combo
1997 - 2005 Paul Gilbert Solo CDs - Laney VC50 combo or GH100L head
2006 - "Silence Followed by a Deafening Roar" Marshall Vintage Modern combo (2266C).
2007 - into the future - More Marshall tones!
So it's been a long search for the best tone, starting with Marshall and ending with Marshall. Playing on the "G3" tour and making guitar instrumental records really inspired me to focus on the details of a guitar tone, and I love the feel, the sound, the look, and yes, even the smell of Marshall amps.
|Q: Do you give private guitar lessons?
A: Sometimes I do seminars and private lessons at MI Japan and GIT in Hollywood. If you aren't a student at one of these schools, please check out my guitar instructional DVDs.
|Q: Did you take the whammy bar off your guitar? Why don't you use a whammy?
A: I like to get vibrato with my fingers. And I like the simplicity, sustain, and tone of a fixed bridge. Check out an Ibanez PGM401 and the Ibanez Fireman and you'll feel the difference.
|Q: What advice do you have for an up and coming guitar player?
A: Practice all the time. Learn one new thing every day. And try to learn these songs:
1. "Circumstances" by Rush (from the album "Hemispheres")
2. "Mother Mary" by UFO (from "Strangers in the Night")
3. "Little Dreamer" by Van Halen (from "Van Halen")
4. "If I Fell" by The Beatles (from "A Hard Day's Night")
5. "Riff Raff" by AC/DC (from "If You Want Blood You've Got It")
6. "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" by The Ramones (from "Rocket to Russia")
7. "Gettin' Betta" by Pat Travers (from "Live! Go For What You Know")
8. "Day of the Eagle" by Robin Trower (from "Bridge of Sighs")
9. "Majestic" by Journey (from "Evolution")
10. "No Matter What" by Badfinger (from "The Very Best of Badfinger")
After that, you should be ready for anything!
|Q: Can you send me tablature to "Scarified"?
A: I'm sorry, I play mostly by ear, so I don't write things down.
Sometimes you can find tablature books on ebay.
|Q: I've seen pictures of many different Ibanez PGM models. Where can I get them?
A: Many of the PGM models were limited editions, so they are not currently available. You can sometimes find them on ebay. I highly recommend the current Ibanez PGM model, the PGM401. It is identical to the one I play!
|Q: Are you using a Whammy Pedal to get that crazy sound in your instructional videos and at the beginning of "Fire of Rock"?
A: No. That was an old ADA Flanger pedal with the "Enhance" knob turned all the way up. I love this sort of effect, so recently Ibanez designed a brand new, reliable pedal for me called the AIRPLANE FLANGER. It does the same crazy whammy effect and much more. You've got to check one out. It's an awesome pedal!
|Q: Did you practice a lot when you were growing up?
A: YES. What could more fun than playing the ELECTRIC GUITAR??!!
|Q: Do you learn a lot at GIT? Is it a good school?
A: I was so happy to go to a guitar school and do nothing but study music!
I practiced more that year than any other year of my life. It was fantastic.
|Q: Do you live in Japan?
A: I spent a lot of time in Japan and even had an apartment there for a while.
I was hoping I would learn Japanese just by living there, but I realized it still takes a lot of studying! Still, I had a fantastic time! Now, I live in Los Angeles.
|Q: Will you do a new CD with MR. BIG, Racer X, Freddie Nelson, Jimi Kidd, Mike Portnoy, or Linus of Hollywood? Will you do a new solo CD with vocals? Will you do a new instrumental CD? And WHEN?
A: I have had the pleasure and honor of playing in some great bands, and doing projects with fantastic musicians. What will I do next? Unless AC/DC asks me to be their drummer, it will be "all of the above" in whatever order works legistically and keeps me the most inspired. Thank you for allowing me to pursue the music that I love.
|Q: Why did you cover songs by The Spice Girls, ABBA, Carole King, and The Osmonds?
A: Expect the unexpected.
|Q: What are the original names of the classical pieces you have recorded like "Gilberto Concerto" and "Whole Lotta Sonata"?
A: "Gilberto Concerto" is the Harpsichord Concerto in A major by J.C. Bach.
"The Jig" is the Gigue from the English Suite No. 2 in A minor by J.S. Bach.
"B.R.O." is Prelude in D minor from "Nine Little Preludes" by J.S. Bach.
"G.V.R.O." is the Goldberg Variation No. 1 by J.S. Bach.
"N.F.R.O." is the Goldberg Variation No. 5 by J.S. Bach.
"W.T.R.O. is the Prelude in C major from Bach's Well Tempered Clavier.
"Whole Lotta Sonata" is a Mozart Piano Sonata in C.
|Q: Are you Buckethead?
A: No. I am not Buckethead.
But in 9th grade I was Pete Willis from Def Leppard.