Paul Gilbert reveals the “really dangerous” trend he sees among YouTube guitarists

Paul Gilbert performs on stage during his World Tour 2016 on November 12, 2016 at Volta Club in Moscow, Russia
(Image credit: Vladimir Artev/Epsilon/Getty Images)

Best of 2020: In addition to be a ridiculously talented player, Paul Gilbert is never at a loss for words about the electric guitar, whether it be to discuss humbuckers vs. single coils, why his string gauges are changing all the time or five things you’re doing wrong on the instrument.

So when he was recently asked about kids today who pick up the instrument and become incredibly accomplished at a young age, he had plenty to say.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.