John Petrucci – Rock Discipline

Oct 21 2013

John Petrucci – Rock Discipline

There are plenty of instructional videos made by players that are well know for their playing…and not for their teaching. Unfortunately many of these videos usually ignore vitual issues, and without those key aspects, there’s a limit to what you can learn.
Now this is not the case with Rock Discipline. John provides us a very solid video, that covers a wide range of techniques, from simple warm-up and stretching exercises, to legato and sweep picking, making it one of the top recommendations for aspiring rock guitarists.
John’s a great teacher, and instead of “drowning” the viewer with information, he takes the time to talk about his experience, and give useful advices between the various segments.
The dvd also includes some backstage footage, and band footage (2001 G3 tour) and comes with a detailed booklet. With all this, and nearly two hours of running time, it’s definitely worth it.
As you might know, there’s also a book version, and most of it’s content is covered on the dvd, so i’ve transcribed the main sections titles to give you an idea of what you can learn:

  • Warm-Up Exercises (left hand)
  • Warm-Up Exercises (right hand)
  • Warm-Up (synchronization of both hands)
  • Technique (Speed and accuracy)
  • Techniques (scale fragments and sequences)
  • Right Hand Technique (alternate picking arpeggios)
  • Left Hand Technique (legato playing)
  • Right Hand Technique (sweep picking)
  • Chordal Technique and Orchestration
  • Closing Remarks

There’s also a transcription of the intro music, and a couple pages about John’s studies, influences and equipment.


Language: English   
Year: 1996
Country: USA
Running time: 01:57:37
Quality: DVD5
Video: MPEG2 720×480 (4:3) 29.97fps 9800kbps
Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 6ch 256kbps
Booklet: Yes
Size: 4.7 Gb

John Petrucci - Rock Discipline

John Petrucci – Rock Discipline

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