The Djent Set: The Guitarists Who Have Inspired Me, and How to Play “Jetpacks Was Yes”

This month, I’d like to talk a little bit about some of the guitarists who have influenced my playing and writing style. Many of these influences—the main one being Dream Theater’s John Petrucci—use seven-string guitars, and I’ve long been drawn to the instrument’s expanded range and how it can be used in a musical way. Many guitarists who play standard six-string guitars have replicated the seven-string’s low B string by simply tuning their low E string down. But Petrucci proved to me that the seven-string enables you to create tones and sounds that would not be possible on a drop-tuned six-string. Through his lead playing, John has also showed me that there is a difference between playing notes that simply work within a given context and playing the right notes—those that really make a part sound perfect.

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