Paul Bielatowicz takes on the style of Dream Theater’s astounding axe hero, John Petrucci.
example 1 This first example shows Petrucci’s use of rhythmic displacement. The lick is played using a repeating pattern of three 16th notes, meaning that the first note of each grouping of three starts in a different place within the beat, each time it’s repeated.
example 2 Here we have an example of Petrucci’s terrifying alternate picking sequences. In this instance, the run ascends six notes of the E natural minor scale (E F# G A B C D), at which point it descends one scale degree to play another six ascending scale steps.