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Watch Joe Bonamassa Play Blues on John Petrucci's Signature Guitar

Late last month, Joe Bonamassa—he of the super-impressive chops and the to-die-for guitar collection—posted a fun little video that shows him playing blues on one of John Petrucci's signature guitars, the Ernie Ball Music Man Majesty. In the clip, which you can check out below, the slide-equipped Bonamassa plays some pithy slow blues lines in E.Ernie Ball Music Man introduced the Majesty around... …

Review: Ernie Ball Music Man Monarchy Series Majesty Guitar

PLATINUM AWARD If you’re the type of person who looks at a product’s price before anything else, you may wonder what the new Music Man Monarchy Series Majesty offers for its nearly $3,000 street price that less expensive instruments don’t have. The explanation is sort of like the difference between a Lamborghini Huracán and a Toyota 86—both are made from similar materials and can quickly get... …

John Petrucci Lesson: Combining Triad Arpeggios to Form Polytonal Chordal Allusions

I often use triadic arpeggio forms within my riffs and solos as a tool to create rich-sounding, poly-chordal sounds. I’d like to continue in that vein by presenting different ways in which to move from one arpeggio form to another, using a series of specific triads that complement one another well.Let’s start with the triads F# diminished and D major, as shown in FIGURES 1 and FIGURE 2,... …

John Petrucci: “My Favorite Chord Is ‘The Alex Lifeson Chord’”

John Petrucci recently went out for a drive with the folks from Cosmo Music. In the resulting Rockstars in Cars video, shown below, the Dream Theater guitarist talks about his favorite solo to play live, his mix of technical and emotional guitar playing, and more.Best question in the video: “Desert Island Chord: You got one chord you can play forever. What is it?”“It’s the opening chord from... …

John Petrucci Discusses Upcoming Guitar Universe Event

In advance of John Petrucci’s Guitar Universe, which takes place August 7 to 11 in Glen Cove, New York, the Dream Theater guitarist has shared a message that provides some insight into the event.Along with instruction from Petrucci, the “four day and night summer shred intensive” event will feature special guests Tosin Abasi, Tony McAlpine, Devin Townsend, Mike Mangini, Andy McKee, Rusty Cooley... …

Seven Kick-Ass Seven-String Guitar Songs

Look around you. There seems to be a seven-string renaissance happening at the moment. Actually, eight-string guitars seem to be going pretty strong, too.But there's something particularly satisfying about plugging in a seven and riffing out in between the traditional ranges of the guitar and bass.Don't get me wrong; eight strings are great for getting right down into low-end territory and... …

Ritchie Blackmore Talks "Highway Star"; Covers by Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani and More

The bulk of this story is from the Guitar World archives, from our "100 Greatest Guitar Solos of All Time" series. Enjoy!“Highway Star” is but one highlight of Machine Head, Deep Purple’s greatest triumph.Ironically, it almost never came to be. In early 1972, shortly after retreating to Montreaux, Switzerland, to record, the British band was beset by a wealth of problems. "First, the place they... …

John Petrucci: One of My Biggest Guitar Heroes Told Me to "Turn It Down"

Dream Theater's John Petrucci recently recounted the moment one of his top guitar heroes—Steve Howe of Yes and Asia fame—told him to "turn it down.""We played a show in London at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club [in 1995], a little special gig," Petrucci told Cosmo Music. "[It was] all covers; we had guests come, and it ended up on [Dream Theater's 1995] EP, A Change of Seasons."One of the guests was... …

His Majesty: John Petrucci on How Decades of Performance Led to His New Signature Guitar

Ernie Ball and Ernie Ball Music Man have been cranking out some great video content as of late, and the new clip we’re sharing today is no different.Behold a new short documentary focusing on Dream Theater's John Petrucci and the inspiration behind the Monarchy Majesty, Ernie Ball Music Man’s new John Petrucci Signature Series.“The design really focuses on making the guitar something that gets... …

Moving Across the Fretboard in Unusual Ways to Produce Unique Runs

Over the years, people have noticed that when I play certain runs, my fingers move in the opposite direction of the notes that they hear.For example, as my fret hand moves up the fretboard, the sequence of notes that is heard descends (and vice versa). For this column, I’ve put together a few runs that demonstrate this unusual approach as applied to both ascending and descending patterns.This... …

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