John Petrucci Style Lesson

by Gabriel Leopardi

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  • Hi!Today’s lesson is a guitar solo over a 7/4 riff in the style of John Petrucci, Steve Morse and Zakk Wylde. I have recorded this solo for my side project called Digital Fear Experiment (

    It is a very interesting exercise that includes alternate picking, legato and bending.

    The backing track is a Gm based riff. We will use two different scales in the solo. First we will play a G Dorian scale and then G Pentatonic minor scale with chromatics as passing notes.

    I recorded 4 backing tracks at different tempos (100 bps, 130 bps, 150 bps and 180 bps) for you to practice the licks at different speeds. You can also practice to a 7/4 metronome track to improvise and create your own 7/4 riffs. (editorial note: Don't miss Andrew Cockburn's theory lessons serie on note values and time signatures!)

    If it’s necessary practice every lick at slow tempo for days.

    I hope you will enjoy it!
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