Filed under: Editor Picks | Tags: Dream Theater, Editor's Picks, John Petrucci, Psycho Exercise, Rock Discipline
Show of hands for any Dream Theater fans among us? No? Didn’t think so. With their 12-minute songs, relentless time changes and endless guitar solos, these progressive metal heavyweights are a band you either love or hate. It’s not too hard to guess which category the makers of “Psycho Exercises” fall into.
“Psycho Exercises” is a series of short YouTube clips containing overdubs of Dream Theater guitarist John Petrucci‘s instructional DVD, Rock Discipline. In the original clips, Petrucci — named the seventh fastest shredder of all time by Guitar One magazine — offers a variety of exercises and playing techniques to help younger guitarists improve their playing.
Of course, that’s not what we get. After the overdubs, Petrucci (not entirely unlike real life) becomes a moronic, egotistical jerk obsessed with how awesome a player he is. We hear of his adventures playing “5 billion notes per second” on guitar strings that “can exceed temperatures of the sun.” Then he’ll go into which of his effects pedal settings are used to kill audience members. With each new joke, the spoofs of both Petrucci and Dream Theater as a whole get more and more hilarious.
If ever pretention, overzealous musicianship and cheesiness in music have gotten the better of you, the “John Petrucci Psycho Exercise” spoof series should give you all the laughs you need. Check out one of the videos after the jump.
–Dan Kaplan, Front-of-Book Editor