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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... …

John Petrucci Tries to Break Ernie Ball’s New Paradigm Strings

Last week we shared a video of Paul Gilbert (and his power drill) attempting to break Ernie Ball’s new Paradigm strings. Today we’re back with another clip featuring the latest contestant to step up to the challenge: Dream Theater's John Petrucci.Can Petrucci snap one of Ernie Ball’s new ultra-durable Paradigm strings? Find out for yourself below.According to Ernie Ball, Paradigm represents the... …

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

John Petrucci 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 Hemispheres... …

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