Paul Gilbert says protect your ears

Paul Gilbert’s Premier Guitar column, “Shred Your Enthusiasm,” is normally devoted to some serious guitar playing. But the most recent entry involves an even heavier topic: Hearing loss. Have you seen the big headphones Paul wears on stage? There’s a good reason for that. In typically hilarious fashion, Gilbert describes his addiction to excess:

When I play quietly I feel sonically naked. My instinct is to beat the audience over the head with volume, power, and speed. If I play quietly, subtly, and slowly, will they throw a tomato at me? I don’t know. I’ve never tried it. At least not until recently. So far, there have been no tomatoes. I should have tried this a long time ago.

Here are a couple of tips on preserving your ears:

Don’t insist that your drummer play with an Alex Van Halen-style washy ride cymbal and a sloshy open hi-hat on every song.
Don’t stick your head into the side-fill monitor to try to figure out the key of an unfamiliar song during the chaos of a multi-guitar NAMM jam. Just mute your strings and go chicka-  chicka. That works in any key.

Be sure to take a look at the whole PG PG piece for some serious notes too.

Right here.


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