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Petrucci's alternate picking is the stuff of legends, and although Misha puts himself down by comparison, both players need to have extremely solid right hands to play their unique brands of progressive metal.
John Petrucci: “I come from the school of power picking. Guys like Steve Morse and Al DiMeola were heroes, just the way they seemed so in command of their right and left hand co-ordination, really attacked the strings and ripped through things. It finally clicked when somebody told me what a metronome was.
Misha Mansoor: “I’ve always been rubbish at alternate picking! That was definitely a challenge. This is the master [points to Petrucci]; you can hear the pick attack on every note and it’s always locked in perfectly.”