An exclusive John Petrucci lesson, plus tabs of Lennon and Harrison's greatest post-Beatles pairing – only in the new Guitar World

December 2021
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"I've never even played an eight-string before, but I wanted to develop one and actually get into the studio and write a song on it" — John Petrucci

John Petrucci — who’s been anything but dormant during the pandemic daze — has capped off his recent burst of mad creativity with a blazing new Dream Theater album, A View from the Top of the World. In this issue, he fills us in on the challenges of producing his own band, his first-ever recordings with an eight-string guitar, why guitar playing is a bit like weight lifting — and exactly how he remembers his guitar parts on stage when an intricate, demanding song shatters the 25-minute mark.

The master himself breaks down the main guitar riffs in Invisible Monster, a brand-new Dream Theater track — complete with tabs and video (which you can check out below)!

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.