How to Play Convalescence by Darkest Hour (Guitar Lesson)

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Kris Norris


Kris Norris teaches the song "Convalescence" by his former band Darkest Hour. This song is on the record Undoing Ruin.

Taught by Kris Norris in Songs with Kris Norris seriesLength: 17:14Difficulty: 4.0 of 5

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Member Comments about this Lesson

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loco13loco13 replied on April 3rd, 2013

To be honest I came here to learn how to play a guitar... but now I'm a fkin fan =) BADASS!

kris.norriskris.norris replied on January 5th, 2010

yeah I have a 7 and an 8

kareemkareem replied on December 23rd, 2009

totally sick kris. you have a 7/8 string right?

cdawsoncdawson replied on December 21st, 2009

A DH classic, and how cool was the John Henry (singer) when he rocked khakis and nerdy glasses?

trancendence298trancendence298 replied on December 21st, 2009

so epic

Songs with Kris Norris

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Learn to play songs from Darkest Hour's Kris Norris.

Lesson 1

With A Thousand Words To Say But One

Kris teaches this song from his former band Darkest Hour. It uses the musical form "Passacaglia."

Length: 12:56 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Lesson 2


Kris Norris teaches the song "Convalescence" by his former band Darkest Hour.

Length: 17:14 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Tunguska Guitar Solo

Kris teaches the solo from the song "Tunguska." This song can be found on the albumDeliver Us by his former band, Darkest Hour.

Length: 11:00 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Doomsayer (The Beginning Of The End)

Kris takes you through this song from Deliver Us by his former band, Darkest Hour.

Length: 30:00 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Lesson 5


Kris teaches you this song from Undoing Ruin by his former band Darkest Hour.

Length: 36:16 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only
Lesson 6


Kris teaches you this song from Deliver Us by his former band Darkest Hour.

Length: 24:11 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Wolverine Blues

Kris Norris teaches this sludgy down-tuned metal song from the band Entombed.

Length: 12:03 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About Kris Norris View Full Biography 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 future Darkest Hour bandmate Ryan Parrish. Disinterment lasted over 6 years and developed a local following in the Virginia metal by being some of the first players to incorporate Swedish metal and 3 guitar players.

College Days
When Kris was 17 he attended Virgina Commonwealth University School of Music (VCU). He studied Music composition and focused on film with world renowned composer Dika Newlin. Kris also studied classical guitar with John Patykula, prize student of Jesus Silva who was the prize student of Andre Segovia. Kris left the University after 6 years of studies. After college, he began his teaching career instructing private students and giving lessons at Mars Music. Kris' teaching career would eventually be put on hold to join Darkest Hour.

Darkest Hour Days
Kris' first album with Darkest Hour ,Hidden Hands Of A Sadist Nation, the 2005 release was recorded at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer Fredrik Nordstrom. Ironically, the same studio facilitated many of Kris' influences 10 years prior.

Darkest Hour's next release, Undoing Ruin allowed Kris to stretch his wings and show what he could truly do on the instrument with the addition of several solos. The record was produced by Canadian metal mastermind Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Steve Vai). Townsend was a big part of pushing Kris to his own musical potential on Undoing Ruin and even more so on the follow up record, Deliver Us.

Deliver Us was released in 2007 and debuted at 110 on the Billboard Chart. This would be the last Darkest Hour record with Kris as a member. The album like its predecessor was also produced by Devin Townsend, who was able to take a bigger hand in its production. Devin pushed Kris to experiment with his own playing and to hone in on his strongest abilities.

Kris' career with Darkest Hour spanned 6 years, 23 countries, 4 continents, countless tours, 3 albums, near 200,000 album sales, and many lifelong friendships made along the way. With the birth of his son in 2008, Kris felt he needed to take his career closer to home while still focusing on music and guitar. In order for Darkest Hour to devote 100% to their music and touring, Kris came to the decision to amicably part ways with the band.

His Future:
As of early 2009, Kris has full sponsorships from ESP, EMG, Peavey, DigiTech, InTune, and Morley. Currently, Kris is producing and mixing aspiring metal acts while also working for Final Symphony Studios out of Charlottesville, Virgina. Kris also edits records for James Murphy (Testament, Obituary, Death) at Safehouse Productions. Kris has released his first solo record through Magna Carta Records, entitled Icons Of The Illogical. His solo effort was recorded at Karma Productions with Cory Smoot (GWAR) and features vocals from Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe.

Kris is excited to be an addition to the JamPlay Instructor Roster. Lending his metal chops and thorough education to his lessons make him a valuable teacher. Kris is excited to be making lessons for JamPlay and just as stoked to learn new things from our other instructors. Check it out and stay Metal.

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