Match the Master: John Petrucci Plays Dream Theater's "A New Beginning"

Ernie Ball Music Man presents Match the Master with John Petrucci! It's your chance to win a private master class with John Petrucci, a VIP Dream Theater experience, gear from Ernie Ball Music Man, Mesa Boogie, Fractal Audio Systems, Sterling by Music Man, TC Electronic, Dunlop, DiMarzio and Ernie Ball.

In this video, Petrucci is playing "A New Beginning," a track from Dream Theater's new album, The Astonishing.

To enter the Match the Master competition, upload a video of yourself attempting to match Petrucci's playing on one of the 10 provided clips (This is just the fifth one). Petrucci will pick eight weekly winners, AND one winner will go home with the grand prize, which is valued at more than $10,000!

Here's more info about the competition:

Unsigned guitarists can visit to study exclusive videos of John Petrucci performing 10 signature riffs from the new Dream Theater album, The Astonishing. Contestants can then upload a video submission of their best solo impression.

Each week over a two-month period, one winner will be chosen to receive a weekly prize pack. At the end of the contest, one grand-prize winner will be selected to win the ultimate John Petrucci experience.

Weekly Winners will receive:
Sterling By Music Man: JP60 JP SBMM Guitar (Approximate Retail Value [ARV]: $649)
Dunlop: JP95 JP Signature Cry Baby Pedal, 427PJP Players Pack of JP Jazz III Guitar Picks (ARV: $205.62)
DiMarzio: Two (2) John Petrucci Signature Pickups, One (1) John Petrucci Signature Strap (ARV: $195)
TC Electronic: Dreamscape Pedal JP Signature Dreamscape Guitar Effects Pedal (ARV: $152.10)
Fractal: T-Shirt. Winner picks the size (ARV: $19.95)
Mesa/Boogie: Grid Slammer Pedal Grid Slammer Overdrive Pedal (ARV: $179)
Ernie Ball Gift Pack (ARV: $123.25)

Total ARV of each Weekly Prize is $1,524.

Grand Prize Winner will receive:
• A trip for two (2) to see Dream Theater live (includes flight, hotel, and ground transportation to see Dream Theater in concert) (ARV: $2,500)
• A Private Master Class with John Petrucci
• Ernie Ball Music Man: John Petrucci Majesty Guitar (ARV: $2,650)
• Fractal: AX8 Guitar Effects Pedal System (ARV: $1,399)
• Mesa/Boogie: Mark V guitar head + 4 x 12" cabinet (ARV: $3,249)
• Ernie Ball: One (1) Year supply of Ernie Ball strings (24 sets) (ARV: $250)
• TC Electronic: Signed Triple Delay Pedal (signed by Dream Theater) (ARV: $299)
• DiMarzio: Two (2) custom John Petrucci pickup covers (ARV: $398)

Total ARV of the Grand Prize is $10,745.

“As a guitar player, you never stop learning, never stop honing your skills,” Petrucci says. “Even now, I’m still pushing myself to improve, and feel passionate about encouraging others to do the same.

“This program celebrates the hard work musicians put in to following their passion. I’m grateful that as part of the Ernie Ball family, I’m able to connect with my fans in such a meaningful way and hopefully inspire guitar players to up their game!”

“Over the course of the past 15 years the Ball family and John Petrucci have celebrated a partnership that has resulted in some of the best-selling, most forward-thinking guitar designs in the world, as part of the Ernie Ball Music Man JP signature line,” says Ernie Ball CEO Sterling Ball. “His success as a guitarist, songwriter and instrument designer are the truest testament to his stature as one of the most influential guitar players of our time. It’s incredible that John prioritizes programs such as Match the Master that are designed to inspire and encourage young players to push the boundaries of guitar playing. We need guitar heroes. I’m honored John calls Ernie Ball home and am committed to developing opportunities for guitar players across world.”

Get started on your Match the Master entry today. Visit now for your chance to win. The Astonishing is available here.

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