#1
Hey guys,

Simple question: Does PG anchor his pinky or and of his fingers as a matter of fact?

When I watch him play in videos its very hard for me to tell whether he is or isn't so if any of you could help please let me know.

Thanks,
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#2
Not one bit, in fact I'd say Paul Gilbert is probably the best player to look at when it comes to "textbook" good technique.

Obviosuly everyone is different physically and not everything works exactly the same way for different people but Gilbert's technique is pretty straight-up with little in the way of quirks and personal idiosyncracies.
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#3
I've never known him to anchor. He has phenomenal technique.

The only thing I would say is "out of the norm" about Gilbert's technique, at least in the general opinion of many guitarists, would be his "thumb over the neck" tendency with his fret hand. I've watched Gilbert chalk it up to "it's rock guitar, not classical guitar", which in my opinion is a valid point but others may disagree. Gilbert has very large hands though, so I suppose that the thumb over the neck approach with the fretting hand wouldn't be as much as a hindrance to him as much as it would be to someone with smaller, or maybe even average sized hands.
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I've never known him to anchor. He has phenomenal technique.

The only thing I would say is "out of the norm" about Gilbert's technique, at least in the general opinion of many guitarists, would be his "thumb over the neck" tendency with his fret hand. I've watched Gilbert chalk it up to "it's rock guitar, not classical guitar", which in my opinion is a valid point but others may disagree. Gilbert has very large hands though, so I suppose that the thumb over the neck approach with the fretting hand wouldn't be as much as a hindrance to him as much as it would be to someone with smaller, or maybe even average sized hands.


Thing is though, when he needs to stretch further than his freaky big hands will let him when his thumb is over the neck his switches seamlessly to classical positioning and his technique is pretty much textbook
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#5
Yeah, Gilbert's technique is flawless!
....although i wouldn't call anchoring a "flaw", per se. To do so would be an insult to John Petrucci's technique, which would of course initiate Ragnarok.