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John Petrucci -- Suspended Animation: Authentic Guitar TAB Sheet music – 7 Jan 2008

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  • Sheet music: 168 pages
  • Publisher: SOUND MIND MUSIC (7 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739054678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739054673
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 22.2 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Excellently readable scoring, and as yet I haven't found any typos of the sort that appear in these books when the tab differs from the score, so I'd say its worth it.
Except for one thing.
The contents page.
This should not be a gripe, but clearly the page was written by someone slapping their genitals at a random number generator, which is why we have:
Jaws of life: p17. Ok. Sensible place to start. Page 1 tends to be standard, but we'll go with this.
Glasgow Kiss: p23. I see where you're going here.
Tunnel Vision: p17 again somehow, indicating some hideous overlay of deformity tab.
Wishful thinking: p20. So, what, this is in the middle of two different pieces from before?
Damage Control: p27. Great, we're back on track, except we're on the 5th track of 8 in a 168 page book.
Curve: p15. Wait, why are we back he-
Animate-Inanimate: p30. Ah. A reasonable conclusion, I guess.

Seriously, it's a brilliant tab, but without the song names at the bottom of the pages and a contents page like this it really doesn't want you to know where the hell to look for anything.
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I have not studied all (or even most of) the tabs for Suspended Animation available from the Internet but I'm pretty sure that this book makes it much easier to grasp the complex nature of these recordings. All the guitar tracks that can be heard are notated separately and generally are very easy to read (elegant and clean formatting, precise descriptions, etc.) and very reach in additional information (such as digital effects use). Time marks are used quite often to facilitate the navigation within these (by no means short) tunes. I think that even people who don't read musical notation (I mean notes on the staff, as opposed to a tab) would benefit from the book, but being able to understand at least the bare minimum (ie. rythm) helps you learn the riffs and licks much faster. For guitar and JP fans this item is as highly recommended as the CD itself. Minor complaints: 1. I wish the bass tracks were also included (they are not) and 2. sometimes two guitar tracks are put together on a single staff (and a single corresponding tabulature) which is understandable and usable, but since most of the material is strictly separated (one layer = one staff, somtimes there are more than 5 guitars layered at the same time!) I don't understand why those rare exceptions occur.
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If you think the cd is awesome..and there's no way any true musician would not be blown away by the sheer emotion..power and frightening precision of all the musicans on the will want to grab this book..John Petrucci is one of a kind..i heard his name banded about with the likes of Vai and Satriani..i never really took much notice of him to be honest..but i shuffled onto Youtube one day and watched him play Damage Control at one of the guitar concerts with Vai and Co..he literally blew me away..the mood..feel and sheer precision Petrucci has is something to be in awe of...his band he has is just as play any of the music he does you really have to be on top of the game to bite the bullet..his timings and techniques are frightening...not for the faint hearted believe me..if you have a few light years to spare learning this stuff i'm sure it's a worthwhile musical journey..
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HASH(0x98410f54) out of 5 stars Chops builder master class 24 Feb. 2014
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This book is a great resource for licks and chops. The tabs for the songs look spot on but even if you aren't the biggest Petrucci fan, this is great for learning all kinds of licks and such to your arsenal. Whether you want to learn great exercises for alternate picking, sweeps, legato runs, modes, blues, great rhythm and chord work, its all there! Even 7 string stuff. He goes all over the fretboard and has something in there everyone can learn from. This is all instrumental, no vocals. Amazing stuff. The tabs are easy to read and understand what is going on, now actually playing it will take some serious effort and practice but this is a great way to improve upon these techniques, in the context of a song and can replace many lesson programs out there.

John Petrucci is a master and this book highlights many techniques that can be used in many different styles. If you want to learn some impressive sweeps, legato runs, string skipping and killer alternate picking you need this. But this can help with the rhythm also. And it is not just playing as fast as you can on each song, many slower, soulful, tasteful stuff there that can inspire your own playing or give you some chops that will impress your audience. Many exercises here that can improve your speed and good for warm ups as well. And he has some really cool heavy stuff here that other instrumental artists don't do (Satriani, Vai). Petrucci is the heaviest shredder out there. But a very diverse album, very underrated album.

Amazing resource, buy it.

T Gray
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HASH(0x98316918) out of 5 stars Accurate and quality guitar tabs 10 April 2014
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Great book! Everything seems spot on, and the tab fingerings and positions seem correct. Sometimes you have these guys that tab out books, and the way the tab the fingerings and hand positioning makes it near impossible to play up to speed! Not on this book though. The tab is done in such a way to facilitate the technical passages. Highly recommended.
HASH(0x9890b24c) out of 5 stars playing my favorite tracks from 2005 2 Jun. 2016
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suspended animation was one of my favorite CDs through high school, and afaik this tab book seems to be pretty accurate. rather than going for arrangements that force several guitars into fewer tracks, i believe most everything is tracked pretty accurately with as many instruments as needed. this is most easily seen in Wishful Thinking, which is a rather slow track but uses a lot of layers to sound full and complex.
I haven't studied Petrucci's playing in video that much so I cannot make too much comment about whether or not the tabs are wrong, but at least the notes sound more or less correct to me on Glasgow Kiss, Damage Control and Jaws of Life, as those are the tracks i've been concentrating on the most.
HASH(0x985cca98) out of 5 stars Great Tab book for one of the best guitarists on the planet! 18 May 2015
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You need this tab book if you're a JP fan. John's a monster guitar player who's style is hard to recreate. This book goes a long way towards breaking down his approaches and helping to understand what's going on.
HASH(0x983036f0) out of 5 stars Suspended Animation Tab Review 27 Jun. 2012
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I liked listening to a number of songs on this album, so I bought this tab book as a starting point for some personal musical development.
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