Paul Gilbert gives us a track-by-track tour of his new Christmas album, ‘Twas

Paul Gilbert
(Image credit: The Players Club/Mascot Label Group)

The Ibanez shred king has recorded a Christmas album! And not just any Christmas album – ‘Twas is full of great chops and festive fun, with plenty of fresh ideas of how we can reinterpret material that engrained in our culture through the medium of pyrotechnic electric guitar and huge slide guitar melodies.

Here, we caught up with Paul Gilbert to talk chords, playing slide, what exactly makes a great Christmas song… and emu picking. Now come all ye faithful, grab yourself some eggnog and read on as he takes us track-by-track through ‘Twas.

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Jason Sidwell

Jason Sidwell (BA Hons, MA, ALCM) is editor of Guitar Techniques and senior tuition editor for Guitarist who has written and edited over 20,000 articles since 1998. As an educator he is an advisor/guest tutor for UK music academies/examining institutions, a director for the International Guitar Foundation (IGF), author of How to Play Guitar Step by Step (Dorling Kindersley) and extensive tutorials for The Guardian and Observer newspapers. Outside of journalism, he is a busy classical guitarist, performs regularly for theatre productions and has a broad cliental for studio work.