- John Petrucci
Infobox Musical artist
Name = John Petrucci
Img_capt = John Petrucci performing in 2005.
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = John Peter Petrucci
Born = birth date and age|1967|07|12
Kings Park, Long Island,
Guitar, Vocals, drums
Progressive metal, Instrumental rock, Progressive rock, Jazz fusion
Years_active = 1985 - present
Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, Explorers Club, G3, Marty Friedman, Derek Sherinian, Jordan Rudess, Jon Finn Group
URL = [http://www.johnpetrucci.com www.johnpetrucci.com]
Notable_instruments = Ernie Ball Music Man John Petrucci Signature Model
John Peter Petrucci (born
July 12, 1967) is an American guitaristbest known as a founding member of the progressive metalband Dream Theater. He has produced (along with his bandmate Mike Portnoy) all Dream Theater albums since their 1999 release, "". Petrucci was named as the third player on the G3 toursix times, more than any other invited guitarist. GuitarOne ranked him as the 9th Greatest Shredder of All Time.
Petrucci first played guitar at the age of eight when he noticed his sister (who was taking organ lessons at the time) was allowed to stay up past her bed time to practice. He soon dropped it when his plan failed. At age 12, he began playing again when he was invited into the band of his friend
Kevin Moore, who would later become the first keyboardist of Dream Theater. Petrucci began to practice in earnest whilst exercising physically. He was a largely self-taught guitarist who developed his skills through attempts to match the skill of his idols, who included Steve Morse, Steve Howe, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Al Di Meola, Alex Lifesonand Allan Holdsworth. He has jokingly referred to his guitar idols as "the Steves and the Als".cite web|url=http://www.thefunkygibbons.net/John%20Petrucci.html|title=The Funky Gibbons, "John Petrucci page"]
Berklee College of Musicin Boston with childhood friend John Myung(bass), where they met future bandmate Mike Portnoy(drums). These three in addition to another childhood friend of Petrucci and Myung, Kevin Moore(Keyboards), formed the band Majesty, which would later become Dream Theater.
While Dream Theater is what Petrucci is most commonly associated with, he is also a part of the project band
Liquid Tension Experimentand has appeared as a guest on several records by other artists such as the Age of Impactalbum by the Explorer's Club.
Petrucci has released a guitar instructional video, "Rock Discipline", which covers warm up exercises, exercises to avoid injury while playing, alternate picking, sweep picking, chords and other techniques for developing one's guitar playing. Petrucci also has a book named "Guitar World presents John Petrucci's Wild Stringdom", which was compiled from columns he wrote for Guitar World magazine, bearing that same title.
In 2001 he was invited by
Joe Satrianiand Steve Vaito tour with them on the popular G3 guitar tour, which exposed him to a massive number of new fans and inspired him to record a solo album. "Suspended Animation" was released on March 1, 2005, and made available for order from his web site. He also appeared on the 2005, 2006 and 2007 G3 tours.
Petrucci also wrote and recorded two instrumental soundtrack songs for a
Sega Saturngame titled . Each track is roughly two minutes long and they are simply titled "Prologue" and "Epilogue". Petrucci is an avid Sega Saturngamer, and has revealed in interviews that he never tours without one. Fact|date=September 2008
In 2007, John Petrucci went on G3 tour again, this time with
Joe Satrianiand Paul Gilbert.
Dream Theater bandmate Jordan Rudess revealed in an interview that Petrucci is a practicing
Catholic. [http://faq.dtnorway.com/question/114 The Dream Theater official FAQ ] ] Petrucci is married to Rena Sands, a guitarist in the all-female heavy metal band Meanstreak, and they have 3 children, SamiJo and Reny (who are twins), and Kiara. He is also an avid fan of bodybuildingand dedicates much of his off time to weight training. [ [http://johnpetrucci.com/biography.htm The Official John Petrucci Web Site ] ]
John Petrucci won the "Guitarist of the Year 2007" award recently in Total Guitar Magazine.
He is a voting member of NARAS.
Petrucci is respected for his variety of guitar styles and skills. One of the most notable of these is his high speed alternate picking which, as he himself claims, requires a "strong sense of synchronization between the two [playing] hands." [Total Guitar Magazine UK, December 2007 p.45] He has performed alongside
Joe Satrianiand Steve Vaion their annual G3 tour 6 times. Guitar magazines and fans worldwide consistently vote Petrucci as one of the world's finest guitar players. [ [http://www.ernieball.com/mmonline/artists/ MusicMan Artists ] ] He has been labeled as a virtuosoon some fansites and webzines, including Sputnikmusic [ [http://www.sputnikmusic.com/band/John+Petrucci John Petrucci reviews, music, news - sputnikmusic ] ] , and TheFunkyGibbons cite web|url=http://www.thefunkygibbons.net/John%20Petrucci.html|title=The Funky Gibbons, "John Petrucci page"] , among others. He was ranked #9 on GuitarOne's "Top Shredders of All Time".
Equipment - Studio Albums
*"When Dream and Day Unite"
*"Images and Words" - Triaxis 2/90 (dirty), Roland JC120 for cleans. A Marshall preamp was used for "Metropolis Part 1"
*"Awake" - Only album to be quadruple layered. 2 takes using Dual Rectifier, 2 takes using Mark IIC+
*"A Change of Seasons" - Mark IIC+, Mark IV, TriAxis
*"Falling Into Infinity" - Rectifier, Mark IIC+, Mark IV, TriAxis
*"Scenes From A Memory" - Mark IIC+, Mark IV
*"Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence" - Mark IIC+, Dual Rectifier
*"Train Of Thought" - Road King Series I
*"Octavarium" - Road King Series I & II, Lone Star, Mark IV
*"Systematic Chaos" - Lone Star, Mark IV
*"Suspended Animation (solo cd)" - Roadking Series 1, Mark IIC+
*"Liquid Tension Experiment" - TriAxis, 2:90 power amp
*"Liquid Tension Experiment 2" - Mark IIC+, Mark IV
Equipment - Live
*" I&W Tour" - 2 Triaxis Preamps (one for backup), 2:90 power amp, Mesa Abacus+Mesa Midi Matrix for switching
*"Scenes From NY" - Triaxis, Dual Rectifier, Mark IIC+, Mark IV, Formula Preamp, 2:90 power amps
*"Live At Budokan" - Road King Series 1 (x3), Lonestar (x2)
*"Score" - Custom Built "Nunya" Preamp, Formula Preamp, mesa 2:100 power amp, 4 Mesa 4x12's and 4 Mesa 2x12's. Midi switching by Steen Skrydstrup.
*" 2007 G3 tour" - Mark IV (x2), Formula preamp
*" 2007 Systematic Chaos Tour" - Mark IV (x2), Lonestar (x1). TC Electronic 2290, M3000, Eventide Ultra Harmonizer, Jim Dunlop rack wah & various stomp boxes. Midi switching by Axess Electronics
Liquid Tension Experiment
= References =
* [http://www.dreamtheater.net Dream Theater official web site]
* [http://www.petrucciforum.com John Petrucci official forum]
* [http://www.johnpetrucci.com John Petrucci official web site]
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