The 46-year-old Petrucci certainly knows a thing or two about challenging one’s self. In more than a quarter century with Dream Theater, the native of New York’s Long Island has regularly raised the bar for six-string (and sometimes seven-string) fretboard wizardry.
John Petrucci’s relationship with Music Man stretches back more than a dozen years and encompasses a variety of signature-model guitars. But in their long history together there’s never been anything quite like Petrucci and Music Man’s newest creation, the JP13.
Dream Theater's new, self-titled album sold in the ballpark of 34,000 copies in the US in its first week of release to debut at No. 7 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. The album was released September 24 through Roadrunner. The band's last album, A Dramatic Turn Of Events, opened with 36,000 units and landed at No. 8. Their 2009 album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings, premiered with 40,000 copies to come in at No. 6.
Practice tips from John Petrucci: Say to yourself, “During this hour I’m going to master this passage.” There’s nothing wrong with noodling—it can actually produce some of the best ideas—but you’ll get a lot more out of your practice time if you have an agenda.
Yes, Dream Theater are less than a week away from releasing their new album, Dream Theater, on September 24. However, we thought we'd share a Guitar World lesson video pertaining to Dream Theater's 2009 album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings.