John Petrucci has developed a distinctive voice on guitar, mainly because his stuff is often nigh-on impossible for us mere mortals to play, but as the Dream Theater man says, finding your own sound isn't just about technique.
John Petrucci: “I love Misha’s sound. It has aggression, but there’s clarity and it has a personality: it sounds like your tone is talking. You know, Periphery has a sound, and I'll show my age here, but I have two 16 year olds and their buddies are so into his style. It’s like you’ve started off a new generation. They’ll say to me, ‘Why can’t you play something like that?’”
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