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John Petrucci On Benefits of Learning Guitar in Digital Age

John Petrucci
John Petrucci
Gone are the days of old in which guitar players would try to meticulously emulate their favourite artists via a temperamental cassette and an unwavering sense of enthusiasm. Since the dawn of the digital age, players have been more exposed to more avenues of information than ever before, enabling them to access vast expanses of data at the click of a button.

Back before the age of the internet, techniques were often a speculative ordeal; partially due to the players inability to visually decipher quite often physically complex methods employed by up and coming virtuoso's such as Eddie Van Halen or Joe Satriani.

In a recent interview with Cosmo music, John Petrucci spoke out about his plight as a young musician and the difficulties he experienced trying to imitate the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen.

" I remember just trying to learn all of those riffs. Slowing it down, putting the record on, putting it on the slower speed so it was like an octave lower. No tab back then! My friend had a cassette player that had a variable speed thing and I literally sat there and learned everyone one of those riffs-just practice them over and over and over and over. I did that with Di Meola and Allan Holdsworth.

Because you can't see the person play, it wasn't like Youtube. When you're young and you're listening to this, you don't even know what you're listening to. Let's say you have delay on and you hear these kind of ghost notes and you're like, 'How do you play that?!'"

Further expanding upon how a new generation of guitarists are rightfully exploiting the benefits of the digital era, Petrucci stated:

" And now kids are getting really, really good at a really young age because they can see how all of this is done. Just look it up, 'Oh that's how you're doing it.' But back then, you just literally did not know what the technique was and you had to discover it. There was lot of listening over and over and over. "

Photo credit to Claudio Poblete

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By Josh Hummerston

Posted on 9 Feb 2017 15:22 to category : Band / Celebrity News

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