Steve Morse and John Petrucci Discuss the Important of Guitar Practice

One of the great things about the NAMM show is seeing famous musicians reconnect with one another. helped facilitate a reunion when they got Deep Purple’s Steve Morse and Dream Theater’s John Petrucci together to talk about the importance of guitar practice.

As the interview begins, Petrucci recalls that when he was 18, he went to a guitar clinic that Morse presented and afterward got a signed 8x10 photo from the guitarist. “And you wrote ‘Practice’ on it,” Petrucci tells him. “And I followed the advice.

“I have an instructional tape of yours, and I still practice those exercises.”

The two also share stories about the dangers of walking around backstage and discuss how learning guitar has changed thanks to YouTube.

Morse and Petrucci were also spotted at the Ernie Ball booth with Paul Gilbert and Steve Lukather. You can check out that fun-filled interview right here.

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Christopher Scapelliti

Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World, a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.