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John Petrucci / Dream Theater Info

John Petrucci is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, and a founding member of Dream Theater—the band’s guitarist, producer, main lyricist and backing vocalist. His side projects include the Liquid Tension Experiment with Tony Levin, and he’s a veteran of Joe Satriani's prestigious G3 tours along with Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Paul Gilbert.

John's awards include the Total Guitar magazine 2007 "Guitarist of the Year" and "Best Metal Guitarist" in the 2010 and 2011 Reader's/Player's Choice Awards polls in Guitar Player magazine. In 2011, John was named one of the 20 greatest-ever metal guitarists in Total Guitar’s poll as well as "Best Guitarist" in Classic Rock Presents Prog magazine's 2011 readers poll.

First released in 1995, John's instructional video "Rock Discipline" continues to be held in high regard by guitar players around the world as both an influential and comprehensive guide to modern-day guitar techniques. John's book, Guitar World Presents John Petrucci's Wild Stringdom, is a compilation of columns he wrote for the magazine.

Some of John's early influences include Steve Morse, Al DiMeola, Steve Howe, Allan Holdsworth, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Randy Rhoads, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alex Lifeson, Yngwie Malmsteen, Rush, Yes, Iron Maiden, The Dixie Dregs and Metallica.

John on Cry Baby…
"I have been using Dunlop Crybaby Wahs for as long as I can remember. A good example of this can be heard on the guitar solo in the song 'Voices' off Our Awake album. Back when we were recording Scenes From A Memory I discovered the 535Q pedal and have been using it in the studio ever since. You can hear it on the main riff in the song 'Home' off that album. I just love the deep, throaty character that the 535 delivers. Live I prefer using the Dunlop Rack Wah as it helps me maintain my tone by not having to run long lines if audio out to a pedal. The multiple controller feature is awesome giving me several spots on stage to use the wah from and the VCA comes in really handy when using a volume pedal. I can get virtually any wah sound imaginable with that unit and it has become a staple ingredient in all of my live touring rigs.”

John on Picks…
"To me the guitar pick has always been its own instrument; vital to the tone, accuracy and musicality standards I strive for and try to uphold in my playing. My Dunlop signature pick is the ultimate guitar pick and the only thing out there that tackles and conquers all three of those elements with ease and conviction."

Learn more about John at JohnPetrucci.com, and Dream Theater at DreamTheater.net. Connect with John on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.

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