John Petrucci Style Chromatic Scales

In this next video guitar lesson of our "Lick Of The Week" series, we will learn a cool guitar lick in the style of John Petrucci, the legendary guitarist of the prog-rock band Dream Theater.

John Petrucci's soloing style incorporates many different elements. One element he seems to always go back to is his love of throwing chromatic lines within his solos.

This kind of a guitar lick can really create a lot of tension when used properly within a solo. It creates a sense of total chaos.

The key to learning this guitar lick and incorporating it into your playing is to understand how it can be understood as a bunch of smaller repeating elements. Most very complicated licks can be understood this way in some shape or form.

If you watch the whole video guitar lesson you should easily be able to create similar chromatic lines yourself.

Download the FREE TAB PDF for this lesson below.

John Petrucci Style Chromatic Scales TAB PDF

Hope you have fun with this one. After you get the patterns down it also makes a great alternate picking exercise. 😀

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John Petrucci Style Chromatic Scales "Lick Of The Week"


  1. Wolfie on September 18, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Hi Carl,I dropped by your site and watched some of your lessons, I have to say that you make thing look simple and also you explain it in a very easy to understand way. Have you ever thought about selling your video´s through an affiliate program? If so I would be interested in selling them on my site.

  2. rhoy on April 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    hi carl, tnx i get it perfectly………………. thanks a lot

  3. Psyte on August 22, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Carl is offering these great lessons for free, the very principle of the Internet. Why do you want to ruin it?

  4. Psyte on August 22, 2011 at 3:48 am

    (My comment is obviously directed at Wolfie)

  5. guitar joe on July 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    You got wings on your fingers

  6. ChigBungus on September 6, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Carl, could you do a lesson on Under A Glass Moon by any chance? Its one of my favorite tracks of all time and i would like to learn the solo. Thanks!

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