How to Play Endless Sacrifice by Dream Theater (Guitar Lesson)


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Allen Van Wert

Endless Sacrifice

Resident JamPlay metallurgist Allen Van Wert tackles the 11 minute epic "Endless Sacrifice" by Dream Theater. Allen meticulously explains all of John Petrucci's guitar parts in this 80 minute lesson. If you are looking for a challenge, this is it!

Taught by Allen Van Wert in Songs With Allen seriesLength: 79:14Difficulty: 5.0 of 5


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blzzardhaterblzzardhater replied on October 31st, 2016

That was sick!

mikesmithsonmikesmithson replied on March 5th, 2015

awesome.....

truedefiancetruedefiance replied on February 6th, 2014

Funny how the 15 nps ascending lick was the easiest part of the solo to me :)

marcupalmarcupal replied on June 19th, 2013

its fun to watch this song being played by another person besides john petrucci

koreyklrkoreyklr replied on May 16th, 2013

Great lesson, btw

koreyklrkoreyklr replied on May 16th, 2013

I'm pretty sure that everyone who thinks this song is "boring" listened to the two minutes minute of it and wrote their comment. Listen to the whole song before you state your opinions. Thank you

ledguitarledguitar replied on May 15th, 2013

Boring

jimkavjimkav replied on May 14th, 2013

Sorry jamplayers...my youngest son uses my account. I guess he doesn't appreciate Petrucci's genius.

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on March 3rd, 2014

Lol we forgive you then.

evilsmittyevilsmitty replied on May 11th, 2013

ridiculously awesome! spot on

allen.vanwertallen.vanwert replied on May 11th, 2013

Thanks people!

guitarsenninguitarsennin replied on May 11th, 2013

If you guys filmed Under a glass moon, pull me under, or metropolis, I will love you forever. Under a glass moon solo is particularly mind blowing

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on May 11th, 2013

We may or may not have "Pull me under" right around the corner...

paarthurnaxpaarthurnax replied on May 10th, 2013

HAHAHA Allen is too much! "After you learn this one of course, because I don't wan't you to skip ahead or i'll shoot you in the face, that'll come through the computer- so anyway" Just casually says all of that while shredding through the guitar. Cool lesson by the way.

xingyu92xingyu92 replied on May 10th, 2013

freaking awesome

Chris.LiepeChris.Liepe replied on May 10th, 2013

great work Allen! Love the song and you represented the parts VERY well!!

fredz483fredz483 replied on May 10th, 2013

I've been waiting to learn this song for a long time! Thanks!!!!

jimkavjimkav replied on May 10th, 2013

Boring uninspired dribble.

jboothjbooth replied on May 10th, 2013

I personally don't listen to a lot of Dream Theater but I do have to respect the talent that went into crafting this music. To each his own!

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on May 10th, 2013

I dunno man...i prefer listening to this 50 times than "Big Yellow Taxi" but that is just me lol!

hubajube25hubajube25 replied on May 10th, 2013

I am not a metal guy at all, but there is no need to throw stones if this isn't your style. I can assure you others feel the same about whatever style you identify with. I like to hear how others use the instrument and appreciate the differences.

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Resident JamPlay metallurgist Allen Van Wert tackles the 11 minute epic "Endless Sacrifice" by Dream Theater. Allen meticulously explains all of John Petrucci's guitar parts in this 80 minute lesson. If...

Length: 79:14 Difficulty: 5.0 Members Only
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About Allen Van Wert View Full Biography Allen Van Wert got the nickname "ROBOT" from his unusual guitar tapping techniques that often sound like a video game more than a guitar. He has studied and played a wide variety of genres. His experimental and eclectic amalgamation of music combining shred guitar, crazy tapping techniques, and electronically infused composition contrasted by a highly emotional soft melodic side, make his debut album a really fun and interesting listen for just about anyone.

Allen has recorded guitar for the famed video game soundtrack composer Jesper Kyd (Composer of Hitman, Splinter Cell and many other big title games) as well as composing and recording for movie trailers and TV commercials. He has also been producing, recording and co-writing for local artists in his small home/project studio.

His three books on guitar technique, ear training and songwriting have helped many students over the past couple of years. Allen has also played in various cover bands in many genres since the age of 16 and has played to over 5000 on a few occasions. He was a featured guest musician on the album "West Coast Shred Fest".

In his spare time, Allen programs video games for fun. Wooo!

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