DREAM THEATER Guitarist JOHN PETRUCCI Talks STEVE MORSE As An Inspiration - "The Moment I Heard Him Play I Really Wanted To Expand My Playing And My Writing"
June 22, 2016, 7 years ago
Music Radar has published an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci's touring setup. An excerpt from the interview is available below.
Music Radar: If you could single out one musical principle that you believe leads to better guitar playing, what would it be?
Petrucci: “To me, it’s always been a sense of melody. I think it’s very important, because the melody is the place where you can really have a voice and you can really be unique. It’s a magical thing - you can conjure up all kinds of feelings, whether they are new, unique or familiar and recognisable, to evoke some kind of emotion. I think guitar players who have a strong sense of melody, a strong melodic focus, are always the ones that stand out. Steve Morse, David Gilmour, Tommy Emmanuel, Joe Satriani - you know, guys like that.”
Music Radar: Which musician has been most influential in shaping your approach to guitar?
Petrucci: “For me, it would be Steve Morse. The moment I heard him play I was not only blown away, but really, really inspired to want to do better, to expand my playing and my writing. Then I got to see him play live and eventually meet him, become friends and play with him on G3. He just never ceases to be an inspiration - a positive light as far as sticking with things, having a strong practice ethic, being your creative best, working hard as a musician, pursuing tone, pursuing the craft of guitar building with Music Man… All the things that he does have been really hugely influential to me.”
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Petrucci recently stopped by the Reverb studio to give Guitar World an inside look at his technical and creative approach to the whammy bar.