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. (More)
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Kris's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Kris Norris has 51 videos at JamPlay, with 7 song lessons, 41 lessons in our Artist Series, 1 Lick & Riff Library entry and 2 entertainment videos. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Kris Norris Artist Series

Kris Norris kicks off the JamPlay.com 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.

Lesson 1

Changing Strings - Floyd...

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

Length: 13:43
Lesson 2

Warm-up Exercises with...

Kris Norris shows you his favorite warm-up exercises. These exercises will prepare you...

Length: 12:16
Lesson 3

Scalar Exercises: Left...

Kris covers chromatic and scale pattern exercises. Also, he explains some variations on...

Length: 20:23
Lesson 4

Scalar Exercises: Legato

Kris shows you the in's and out's of legato playing. These examples will benefit beginners...

Length: 11:01
Lesson 5

Chuggin' n Skippin'

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

Length: 13:26
Lesson 6

Advanced Sweep Picking...

Kris covers the right and left hand components of sweep picking separately. Then, he shows...

Length: 35:40
Lesson 7

Remaining Foolish: Arpeggios...

Kris presents excerpts from his song "Remaining Foolish" from Icons of the Illogical....

Length: 17:40
Lesson 8

Sweep Exercises Based...

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

Length: 10:08
Lesson 9

Counterpoint: A Shift...

This lesson is about the concept of counterpoint and harmony. Kris explores contrapuntal...

Length: 8:52
Lesson 10

A Closer Look At Pick...

Kris analyzes different pick sizes and their effect on his playing. Using a slow motion...

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Lesson 11

Satriani Inspired Tapping

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

Length: 11:13
Lesson 12

Extending Your Musical...

Kris Norris takes a look at 8 string guitars and their possibilities. He demonstrates...

Length: 10:34
Lesson 13

Neoclassical Inspirations

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

Length: 29:17
Lesson 14

Rock & Metal Chicken...

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

Length: 15:25
Lesson 15

Exotic Embellishments...

Kris teaches arpeggio examples that use notes outside of a scale. He also demonstrates...

Length: 12:19
Lesson 16

Connecting Scale Patterns

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

Length: 15:28
Lesson 17

Mastering Modes: Basic...

This is the first lesson in the "Mastering Modes" mini series. Here Kris explains the...

Length: 19:08
Lesson 18

Mastering Modes: Ionian

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

Length: 9:59
Lesson 19

Mastering Modes: Dorian

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

Length: 13:39
Lesson 20

Mastering Modes: Phrygian

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

Length: 7:43
Lesson 21

Mastering Modes: Lydian

In this installment of the "Mastering Modes" mini-series, Kris covers the Lydian mode....

Length: 9:47
Lesson 22

Mastering Modes: Mixolydian

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

Length: 10:00
Lesson 23

Mastering Modes: Aeolian

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

Length: 7:32
Lesson 24

Mastering Modes: Locrian

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

Length: 5:48
Lesson 25

Song Workshop Experiment

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

Length: 78:38
Lesson 26

Song Workshop Experiment...

Kris Norris and Aaron Miller are back to finish up what they started. Get ready for more...

Length: 32:00
Lesson 27

Picking Practice With...

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

Length: 18:33
Lesson 28

Sliding Arpeggios

Kris teaches how to use sliding techniques with arpeggios. He uses an example in the Lydian...

Length: 15:11
Lesson 29

Left Hand Finger Independence

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

Length: 26:19
Lesson 30

Building Triad Arpeggios

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

Length: 25:12
Lesson 31

Practicing Triad Arpeggios...

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

Length: 16:33
Lesson 32

Re-voicing Progressions...

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

Length: 14:34
Lesson 33

Dual Tonality Pentatonics

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

Length: 24:06
Lesson 34

Betcha Can't Scale This

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

Length: 16:11
Lesson 35

The Neapolitan Chord

Named after the "Neapolitan School" from the 18th century and not ice cream, this chord...

Length: 7:13
Lesson 36

Diatonic Chords In G...

Kris shows the diatonic chords of G Major.

Length: 19:42
Lesson 37

Diatonic 7th Arpeggios

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

Length: 15:47
Lesson 38

Tapping 7th Arpeggios

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

Length: 7:45
Lesson 39

Popular Chord Progressions

Kris shows some common major and minor chord progressions.

Length: 27:24
Lesson 40

Quick Connect EMG Active...

Kris installs these new EMG pickups into his guitar.

Length: 26:15
Lesson 41

Workshop With Chodypth

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

Length: 77:35