Kris Norris

Kris Norris

From Darkest Hour, Straight Line Stitch

Early Days Mr. Kris Norris was born August, 31 1978 in Canton, Ohio. He began playing around the age of 14. Early on the self-taught guitarist took an interest in metal and began playing in a local Virginia metal band. Kris' early influences were rooted in Swedish metal, bands include In Flames, Dark Tranquility, and Edge of Sanity. Norwegian Black metal also played a part in Kris' interest including early Mayhem, Emperor, and Ulver. Kris started Disinterment with futur... (more)

Kris currently offers 51 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 7 song lessons, 41 lessons in our Artist Series, 1 Lick & Riff Library entry and 2 entertainment videos.

Kris Norris Artist Series

Kris Norris kicks off the Artist Series with a wide array of ideas and lessons; from changing strings on a floyd rose, to advanced sweeping / legato techniques and soloing applications.


Changing Strings - Floyd Rose Style

Kris Norris demonstrates how to install new strings on a guitar equipped with a Floyd Rose tremolo system.

13:43 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Warm-up Exercises with Kris

Kris Norris shows you his favorite warm-up exercises. These exercises will prepare you to play the guitar from a physical and mental standpoint.

12:16 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Scalar Exercises: Left and Right Hand Synchronization

Kris covers chromatic and scale pattern exercises. Also, he explains some variations on these exercise and provides you with the knowledge to create your own variations. Now you don't have any excuse for getting bored!

20:23 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Scalar Exercises: Legato

Kris shows you the in's and out's of legato playing. These examples will benefit beginners and and advanced players alike. The patterns Kris uses in this lesson are based on the examples shown in "Scalar Exercises: Right and Left Hand Synchronization".

11:01 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Chuggin' n Skippin'

Kris covers right hand techniques such as palm muting, tremolo, palm muted string skipping, and upstroke accents.

13:26 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Advanced Sweep Picking Applications

Kris covers the right and left hand components of sweep picking separately. Then, he shows you how to synchronize the two. Three string arpeggios and five string arpeggios with hammer-ons are both included in the lesson. Kris includes a short, original etude at the end of the lesson that puts all of these concepts in play.

35:40 Runtime

4.5 Difficulty


Remaining Foolish: Arpeggios & Scalar Lines

Kris presents excerpts from his song "Remaining Foolish" from <i> Icons of the Illogical</i>. He explains the arpeggio patterns used in various parts of the song and also talks about alternate picked arpeggios. At the end, he delves into a little of the theory behind these examples.

17:40 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


Sweep Exercises Based on Canon in D

Kris uses Pachelbel's "Canon In D" as a way to practice arpeggio sweeps. He shows how to sweep and alternate pick arpeggios.

10:08 Runtime

4.5 Difficulty


Counterpoint: A Shift In Normalcy

This lesson is about the concept of counterpoint and harmony. Kris explores contrapuntal examples from his song "A Shift In Normalcy" off of his solo record <i>Icons of the Illogical</i>.

8:52 Runtime

4.5 Difficulty


A Closer Look At Pick Thickness

Kris analyzes different pick sizes and their effect on his playing. Using a slow motion camera, he is able to point out the differences in pick thickness.

32:24 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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Satriani Inspired Tapping

Kris Norris explains how to play a Joe Satriani inspired tapping etude.

11:13 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Extending Your Musical Reach With 8 String Guitars

Kris Norris takes a look at 8 string guitars and their possibilities. He demonstrates the versatility of an 8 string with jazz and metal applications. Kris also performs a short improv jam at the end.

10:34 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Neoclassical Inspirations

Kris teaches neoclassical examples from three of his favorite guitar players.

29:17 Runtime

5.0 Difficulty


Rock & Metal Chicken Pickin'

Kris displays some adventurous ways to use chicken pickin' in a rock and metal environment.

15:25 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Exotic Embellishments In The Style Of Marty Friedman

Kris teaches arpeggio examples that use notes outside of a scale. He also demonstrates an example using the Chinese scale.

12:19 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Connecting Scale Patterns

Kris shows you how to connect the patterns of a G major scale together.

15:28 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Mastering Modes: Basic Scale Theory Primer

This is the first lesson in the "Mastering Modes" mini series. Here Kris explains the fundamentals of scale basics.

19:08 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mastering Modes: Ionian

In this lesson, Kris explains the history behind the modes and then explains the Ionian mode.

9:59 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Mastering Modes: Dorian

In this lesson, Kris covers the Dorian mode, which is the second mode of the major scale.

13:39 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Mastering Modes: Phrygian

Kris explains the basics of the Phrygian mode, which is a minor sounding mode of the major scale.

7:43 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Mastering Modes: Lydian

In this installment of the "Mastering Modes" mini-series, Kris covers the Lydian mode. This is the fourth mode of the major scale.

9:47 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Mastering Modes: Mixolydian

Kris explains the basics of the Mixolydian mode, which is a major sounding mode of the major scale.

10:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Mastering Modes: Aeolian

Kris explains Aeolian, which is the 6th mode of the major scale. This is also known as the natural minor scale.

7:32 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Mastering Modes: Locrian

Kris covers the Locrian mode, which is the 7th mode of the major scale.

5:48 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Song Workshop Experiment

Aaron Miller sits down with Kris in the JamPlay studio to discuss songwriting techniques.

78:38 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Song Workshop Experiment - Finale

Kris Norris and Aaron Miller are back to finish up what they started. Get ready for more songwriting, playing tips, and inside information. Enjoy

32:00 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Picking Practice With Drum Rudiments

Kris shows how some drum rudiments can be used to make exercises for your right hand.

18:33 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sliding Arpeggios

Kris teaches how to use sliding techniques with arpeggios. He uses an example in the Lydian mode and also plays over a backing.

15:11 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


Left Hand Finger Independence

Kris teaches exercises focused on getting the left hand fingers to be more independent.

26:19 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Building Triad Arpeggios

Kris explains root triad arpeggios and their first and second inversions.

25:12 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Practicing Triad Arpeggios Chromatically

This lesson focuses on sweep picking major, minor, and diminished triad arpeggios chromatically.

16:33 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Re-voicing Progressions with Inversions

Kris shows you how inversions can be used to create smooth voice leading within a progression.

14:34 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Dual Tonality Pentatonics

Kris shows how to combine pentatonic scales from different keys to form new and interesting sounds.

24:06 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Betcha Can't Scale This

Kris shows you how to learn scales vertically and horizontally on the fretboard.

16:11 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


The Neapolitan Chord

Named after the "Neapolitan School" from the 18th century and not ice cream, this chord is a major chord built on the lowered 2nd scale degree.

7:13 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Diatonic Chords In G Major

Kris shows the diatonic chords of G Major.

19:42 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

Kris teaches you how to play diatonic 7th arpeggios and their inversions in the key of G major.

15:47 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Tapping 7th Arpeggios

Kris shows you how to play seventh arpeggios with tapping, legato, and string skipping.

7:45 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Popular Chord Progressions

Kris shows some common major and minor chord progressions.

27:24 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Quick Connect EMG Active Pickups

Kris installs these new EMG pickups into his guitar.

26:15 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Workshop With Chodypth

Kris Norris sat down with Chodypth, aka Cody, and this video is the result of a day of jamming and practicing.

77:35 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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