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Practice Tips from Dream Theater's John Petrucci

Here are a few handy practice tips from John Petrucci, as originally published in the handy July 2004 issue of Guitar World.01. Have a goal. Say to yourself, “During this hour I’m going to master this passage.” There’s nothing wrong with noodling—it can actually produce some of the best ideas—but you’ll get a lot more out of your practice time if you have an agenda.02. Vary your practicing. Don... …

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,... …

The Top 10 Guitar Lessons of 2015

With 2016 about to kick in, Guitar World is taking a nostalgic look back at the most popular stories of 2015, including viral videos, guitar lessons and other features. ... …