Born on July 12, 1967, John Petrucci was raised in a musical family in Long Island, New York. Although his parents do not play instruments, his older sister played piano and organ, his brother plays bass and his younger sister plays clarinet. While his sister inspired some of his interest in music, John says the main reason he picked up the guitar was because all the kids in his neighborhood were playing and it looked like fun.
John started taking guitar lessons when he was 12 years old and has since become one of the world's most recognized new guitar players. He currently contributes a regular column for Guitar World Magazine and was involded with the transcriptions for the "Images and Words" and "Awake" sheet music books. He has an instructional video that is available in stores. John's other influences (coincidentally all names Steve or Al) include Steve Vai, Al DiMeola, Alex Lifeson, Steve Howe, Alan Holdsworth and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
John started experimenting with a seven string guitar on the album "Awake" which he believes made the album a bit heavier. He does a lot of writing at home in his four track studio and brings a sequencer on the road with him. When not wrapped up with music, John enjoys exercising, boating, biking and eating.
John lives with his wife, Rena, and 3 children, SamiJo, Reny and Kiara in New York. When he's not playing guitar he spends most of his time with his wife and children inline skating, biking.