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Joe Satriani Announces New Album, 'What Happens Next,' 2018 G3 Tour With John Petrucci, Phil Collen

Joe Satriani is back in the game.The legendary guitarist has announced his 16th solo album, What Happens Next, and the 2018 iteration of his G3 Tour, which will feature Dream Theater's John Petrucci and Def Leppard's Phil Collen. What Happens Next was recorded with a remarkable power trio: Satriani on guitar, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple/Black Country Communion)... …

15 of Prog-Rock's Best Guitarists Through the Years

When it first blew through America in the mid-Fifties, rock music’s main calling card was its simplicity.Thumbing its nose at the lavish arrangements typical of the pop music of the day, rock thrived on volume, rhythm and excitement. Of course, in order to survive, rock couldn’t simply rely on its roots indefinitely.As the Beatles began to take mainstream audiences on journeys to uncharted... …

Whammy Bar Tricks with Dream Theater's John Petrucci

We recently found this year-old video by the gang at Reverb.com, in which Dream Theater guitarist—and certified shred master—John Petrucci gives an inside look at his technical and creative approach to the whammy bar.“Whammy bar technique is one of those ways you can make the guitar sound bad,” Petrucci says in the clip. Petrucci demos a variety of approaches to incorporating unique whammy... …

Dream Theater Announce ‘Images & Words’ 25th Anniversary Tour

Dream Theater has announced a fall/winter North American tour that will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sophomore album, Images & Words.Of the tour, guitarist John Petrucci said, “We are so psyched to bring our ‘Images, Words & Beyond’ tour to North America this fall! It’s hard to believe that it’s already been 25 years since Images was released! We’ve been having a blast playing those... …

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... …

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