TG226 On Sale Now: Dream Theater and Periphery talk prog metal

You want 'em, you got 'em! Dream Theater's John Petrucci and Periphery's Misha Mansoor talk tone, technology and technique in issue 226 of Total Guitar. See what else is inside right here!

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John Petrucci and Misha Mansoor
What happens when two generations of prog metal meet. Plus, learn how the man himself brings out the big guns with John Petrucci's Ultimate Warm-Up Routine (video lesson online).

Tom Morello
The sonic manipulator fields your questions!

How the Atlanta band are forging a unique path into the mainstream

A-Z Of African Guitar
The definitive guide to the continent's records, styles and musicians

Jonathan Wilson
TG meets the singer-songwriter, guitarist and luthier extraordinaire

Plus! Feeder, Alabama Shakes, The Cribs, Ben Howard

Learn To Play

Full tabs, backing tracks, the story behind the songs and a guide to getting the tones for…

Blue Öyster Cult 'Don't Fear The Reaper'

The White Stripes 'Dead Leaves On The Dirty Ground'

Mastodon 'Curl Of The Burl'

Paul Dukas 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice'

Damien Rice 'Cannonball' (strum along)


John Petrucci's Ultimate Warm-Up Routine

Red Hot Chili Peppers 'Look Around' (riff)

Essentials: Get Playing Now Part Four - Strumming Basics

Warren Haynes Guest Lesson
Stanley Jordan Guest Lesson
Steve Lukather Guest Lesson

Rockschool Grade Four
RGT Preliminary Stage Rock


Over 20 pages of gear news, reviews and advice. Reviewed this issue...

Line 6 JTV-59 James Tyler Variax
TC Electronic The Dreamscape (John Petrucci signature pedal)
Gibson SG Standard Limited
Head To Head: portable gigging heads
Crafter SA-BUB
Head To Head: Seven-string guitars
Blackstar HT Reverb
Red Witch Ivy Distortion

Plus! Accessories, First Look: Fender Kurt Cobain Mustang, In Praise Of: EVH 5150 III head, Ed's Shed: resetting a neck

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.