This powerful and all encompassing book starts with a valuable segment on warm-ups followed by up-to-date practice concepts that address dealing with today's information explosion.John Petrucci has provided detailed lessons concerning speed accuracy using rhythmic subdivisions, chromatic exercises, dyanmics and scale fragments. Other topics include picking through arpeggios, string skipping, sweep picking, legato technique and how to expand the color and texture of basic "power chords".Also included are detailed transcriptions and demonstrations of dozens of exercises, examples and special etudes ranging from easy-to-master to very challenging. All music examples are contained on the included CD and are written in both standard notation and tablature. ©1996, 84 pages. Book & Compact Disc.