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Instructor Profile
Arlen Roth
The King of All Guitar Teachers

Music lesson pioneer Arlen Roth is the quintessential guitarist. An accomplished and brilliant musician — and one of the very few who can honestly say he’s done it all — Roth has, over the course of his celebrated 35-year career, played on the world’s grandest stages, accompanied many of the greatest figures in modern music and revolutionized the concept of teaching guitar.

Gibson has formed an exclusive partnership with Roth that brings to an entirely new catalog of free, original lessons covering the complete spectrum of guitar playing. Every musical genre is represented — rock, metal, blues, jazz, country and alternative, among others — and it aims to be the most comprehensive daily supply of music lessons available anywhere.

“I’ve made a great life as a musician, but also in passing along what I know about playing guitar,” said Roth. “It’s great to have the opportunity to be a part of such a fantastic team and company, and to be able to continue the legacy I started in 1979.”

Roth’s legacy began in earnest when he founded Hot Licks, a guitar-learning resource company that was, essentially, the first to videotape famous musicians demonstrating their techniques and individual styles. Hot Licks has shipped well over two million videos worldwide, in addition to producing an extensive library of books and guitar-related materials, including countless Roth tutorials covering guitar history, lessons and various playing styles.

Roth was recently voted one of “The Top 100 Influential Guitarists of the Century” by Vintage Guitar magazine and with good reason. Over the past 35 years, Roth has earned a remarkable reputation as a musical innovator and highly talented musician across nearly every musical genre, from acoustic to electric, from rock and roll to blues, from slide guitar to country.

In addition to being widely regarded as the “King of All Guitar Teachers,” Roth has also toured and recorded with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel (individually and together), Bob Dylan, John Prine, Phoebe Snow, Don McLean, Pete Seeger, Jack Bruce, James Taylor and Duane Eddy, establishing himself as one of today’s most prominent guitarists.

Roth is also widely recognized for his authorship of Guitar Player magazine’s Hot Guitar column, which was consistently ranked as one of the magazine’s most popular features for more than 10 years running.