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    I wanted something different. I'd been using the C+ amps for a long time, and I love them - they're one of my favorite amps ever. But on this album [Road Kings] I wanted - there were a couple reasons, actually. One is that I wanted a more aggressive sound, some more teeth and hair.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: time 
     
    When we came out, the kind of music that was popular was Nirvana, Soundgarden and Alice In Chains, all that stuff. That was when we released our second album, 'Images And Words', and it was something people werent used to hearing maybe, and it sort of rose above all that somehow, being progressive, or whatever.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: people  music 
     
    Obviously [Black] Sabbath is definitely a huge name and of course deserving with Ozzy coming back.
    — John Petrucci
    I don't have very eclectic tastes in music.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: music 
     
    If you bring somebody into the band you are going to be with them a lot whether it's in the studio, on the tour bus, or at dinner every night; you want somebody you enjoy being around. You don't want an annoying guy .
    — John Petrucci
    Sometimes I'll hear a certain approach that kinda cathes my ear, like "žIt's kinda cool what that guy's doing there", or maybe an effect that somebody's using, or a guitar sound, or something that kinda makes me open up. But the funny thing is i realise over time how sort of traditional i am.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: time  funny 
     
    I have to say that our fans have been absolutely wonderful all across the world.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: world 
     
    I have a lot of guitars. Yeah, I'm not like a guitar collector, I don't have all vintage instruments. I don't even own a Strat or Les Paul. I don't have one.
    — John Petrucci
    I really rely a lot more on memory. I'm definitely not as good of a sight reader.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: memory 
     
    Real thick strings - your hands start to get fatigued. As much as you practice, and as much experience as you have, and as long as you've been playing, there is a fatigue point during the show, as with anything that's physical. So I wanted to basically pace myself better.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: experience  real 
     
    I do a lot of the stuff that I started out doing that I think any guitar player that's concerned about the craft needs to do. It's basic practicing of the basic elements. I try to practice like a well rounded regiment of things where I can kind of do whatever I wanna do and I also have to practice the actual songs to keep that under my fingers as well.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: song  craft 
     
    We're always in that head space about the audience and less about us at that moment.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: moment  space 
     
    Stay focused when you're playing alive, so you're not distracted by something going on.
    — John Petrucci
    Dark master of sin, now my soul is yours.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: master  soul  dark  sin 
     
    The C+ amps is vintage at this point, and it definitely has a certain sound to it. I wanted something that was going to keep Dream Theater in more of a current musical landscape, as far as being the producer and producing the type of album I wanted to hear.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: dreams 
     
    If someone is feeling out of sorts or detached it's a great time to bring them in and restate why we are here and what we are trying to do.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: time 
     
    You try to play the song better than you had before.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: song 
     
    I remember feeling for the first time going somewhere where I was part of a community where I didn't feel like an outcast. I felt like I belonged. Everyone had a guitar strapped to their back.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: time  community 
     
    Obviously the best way to retain the most profit is to not give any of it away. That's something that you certainly learn through the years.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: learn  year 
     
    A lot of people around the world were, like, very frustrated, you know "Why don't you just release the name? Why is it taking so long?" But the cool thing is that it brought people together, like you said, it brought our fans into the experience, it sort of exposed us, exposed the process, and I think it welcomed Mike Magini, because people saw what happened to get to that point.
    — John Petrucci
    Music is a communication. It's a two-way street. You need people to play to in order to make that connection complete. That's the way we look at it.
    — John Petrucci
    When I think of a lot of the players I admire, they could always play their parts without hiding behind distortion and sustain. Put the time in. Hear your mistakes. Yeah, it sucks, it's humbling, it makes you want to throw the guitar out the window. But if you work on your mistakes, they'll eventually go away, and you'll become a strong player.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: time  work  mistakes  strong 
     
    Instead of buying a guitar for $2,000 or $2,500 - I'm not sure how much these are going for - but it's maybe $300 or something like that. It's more for beginners and stuff like that. Obviously it's not hitting the pros. And you can't get the Piezo pickup and the color-changing paint and the inlays and all the fancy things that my signature guitars offer, but you can get the general feel of the guitar - and the body style. It's cool.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: body 
     
    Many kids and parents ask me, 'What kind of guitar can I buy?' It's a great opportunity for those people to be able to buy a quality guitar that's not necessarily a little Fender or whatever. Ernie Ball signature model guitar is something that's more signature.
    — John Petrucci
    With the Road King amp, you're able to switch power tubes and speakers and do all these different things. And I didn't want to have five different heads in my rack. And there's something about, when you do the type of setup that I have, unless you have a dedicated amp to a dedicated speaker and you're actually switching, you have to use the same power section of the main head that you're using.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: power 
     
    We've seen progressive rock all over the world, in South America, Europe, Asia, across the US and North America and Australia. There's huge audiences for this stuff. For me it's always been there and it's just a matter of time before the people have more of the means to spread the word.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: time  people  world  america 
     
    The style of music that we're playing, this progressive metal style, has always been an upstream battle for us. We don't usually get a lot of commercial exposure.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: battle  music 
     
    If I'm not in an environment where I can record, it's great to be able to write something down, to be able to know how to do that, to be able to write notation. You grab a piece of paper and there it is. It's the cheapest recording equipment you can buy: a piece of manuscript paper and a pencil!
    — John Petrucci
    tags: environment  write 
     
    It's probably no coincidence with the internet and social media and the word being able to spread beyond the radio, where fans can go and talk and congregate and trade stories and a band could communicate news very quickly and in a worldwide basis. I'm sure that's helped in bringing in this case us to more of the forefront of peoples attention.
    — John Petrucci
    The only thing I had in my mind [when I was 17 ] was that I was going to be a professional musician. So it was just the right environment.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: environment  right  mind 
     
    We used to rehearse and that's where the roots of Dream Theater formed. Y'know, we used to play cover songs and jam to [Iron] Maiden and stuff but we were writing songs and it was this metal, loud style and we'd constantly get knocks on our door, because the rehearsal rooms were right next door to each other, and these jazz guys would be like, "Can you guys turn it down a little?"
    — John Petrucci
    tags: right  song  writing  dreams 
     
    I went straight out of high school, and when I was 17, all I wanted to do was play guitar.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: school 
     
    In Japan they're definitely more over the top. They had four Boogie stacks and 20 guitars. But otherwise it's pretty much the same thing, except there's a translator. It's really nice.
    — John Petrucci
    Almost 15 with music, we have so many guitars that we developed over the years. The latest one is 'The Majesty' guitar, which I'm really proud of.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: music  year 
     
    I'm from the school of putting a lot of hours of practice into playing. But at the same time you have to write original music - that's really important, because that's the things that's going to separate you from everybody else, that's going to give you your unique voice as a music that you create.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: time  music  school  write 
     
    I wanna go in the studio and just go back to the same amps and stuff I'm so comfortable with the sound of. Which I think is important to stay original.
    — John Petrucci
    With all tools at my disposal, I'm 100% into chasing tone and checking out new equipment and "geeking" out during sound check by taking too much time.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: time 
     
    I'm realizing this more and more that it's one thing to get involved with your own political beliefs and stand behind you believe in personally.
    — John Petrucci
    Even with Dream Theater, we track in a big studio and everything. But when it comes to doing leads, I don't really require a lot of studio to do that. I need a good sounding room and a Pro Tools rig, and some Neve mic-pres, and I'm good.
    — John Petrucci
    tags: dreams 
     
    I would say the more the better when it is comes to development and marketing. It's actually fun. For some it can be a frustrating thing.
    — John Petrucci
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