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Watch Paul Gilbert Shred the Blues on New Song, “Blues for Rabbit"

We recently shared an in-the-studio video of shred man Paul Gilbert trying out some slide licks on “I Own a Building,” a song from his recent album, Behold Electric Guitar. Now, you can observe Gilbert stepping outside his comfort zone once again—this time to play the blues—on a studio performance of “Blues for Rabbit,” another track from the same album.

Back in 2017, Guitar World reported on Gilbert discussing the differences between blues and metal guitar playing, and more specifically, the advantages of blues guitar over metal guitar.

"Of course, there's great things in that style [metal], but harmonically it's kind of limiting—at least for me, and I played it for a long time," Gilbert said. "You just kind of run out of ideas. I can't change those notes; there's no other options.

To read Guitar World’s recent cover story with Gilbert, in which he goes in depth about the making of Behold Electric Guitar, head here.

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.