I’ve started practicing the Stream of consciousness solo from the Train of thought album. I spent a few hours watching covers (there aren’t that many of this) and some live footage to see what’s happening and to memorise the solo. It’s obviously beyond my maximum speed, but hopefully one day I can push myself to the fast lane. My guitar is in standard tuning so I’m playing everything one fret lower.
There are some parts which are clear for me (and even if they are not 100% accurate, I’m happy with the sound of them), but there is one section which is a total mystery, everyone plays it differently in cover videos and good luck hearing out what Petrucci himself is playing on the album…
I practice without a metronome and try to catch the feel of the runs, even if these attempts are quite sloppy now. I’m sure I’ll be able to clean them up.
The first part is quite tricky, it’s groups of 7s, so the initial pickstroke changes constantly. My aim is to sync up the two hands so I hit the first note of the groups precisely, no matter if it’s an upstroke or a downstroke. Also, I skip the tremolo picking of the first note as I’m not really comfortable yet with the transition between the tremolo and the first run.
The second part is an other nightmare, my fretting hand needs to get used to these type of descending licks and I need to improve syncing up the two hands here as well. Those arpeggios are nonsense, I’m aware of my sweeping “skills”
I need to sort out those bends and timing in the third section
So the tricky part starts here. It’s starting at 4:12 on the album version.
The beginning is easy to figure out but after repeating this lick two times there’s a transition and it’s very unclear for me what is happening. As I can see Petrucci is using 4 notes on a string mixed with 3 notes on the lower string but the playing is very sloppy on live videos. Also, all the guys covering this solo play this part very differently and none of them are using the 4 notes-3 notes fingering like Petrucci.
These are mild wild guesses how the run ends.
The ending part has a nasty legato section, I can see it will take a lot of time to master.
I’m looking for any suggestions how to practice this monster, and how the mysterious part should be played.