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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. In this lesson, you will learn Kris' "Egyptian Warm-up", along with his legato and economy picking warm-ups.

Taught by Kris Norris in Kris Norris Artist Series seriesLength: 12:16Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (00:43) Introduction Welcome back to the Phase 2 Artist Series with Kris Norris! Kris kicks off this lesson with some shredding licks in the key of E minor. In this lesson and many more lessons to come, Kris will present several exercises that will help improve your technique and enable you to play at faster tempos.

Note: Kris' guitar is tuned down one full step. Consequently, the introduction music sounds as though it is played in the key of D minor.
Chapter 2: (04:07) Egyptian Warm-up Exercise This exercise is mainly comprised of notes from the fifth mode of the C harmonic minor scale. This Eastern sounding tonality has a G root note. In the context of the exercise, a chromatic note F# note is also added to the scale. For the purpose of this exercise, all notes will be played on the third string. This will enable you to pull-off from any fretted note back to the tonic note of the scale.

Note: Kris has indicated which notes should be used in this exercise under the "Supplemental Content" tab.

Part 1

This component of the exercise is designed specifically to be a left hand warm-up. At this point, you don't even need to use the right hand. Using the tonality listed above, improvise pull-off licks on the third string. Pull off from any note in the scale to the open G string. Strive to create meaningful melody lines. This exercise is as much of a musical exercise as it is a technical exercise. Consequently, it should be practiced as a piece of music. It must be played in strict rhythm. Begin at a slow tempo and gradually work your way towards higher speeds.

Part 2

Next, add the right hand into the exercise. Pick each note before pulling off to the open G string. Slowly begin to interject more picked notes in between pull-offs to the open string.

Part 3

This time, pick every note in the exercise.

Part 4

Begin the exercise with slower rhythms such as quarter notes, eighth notes, etc. Then, begin to incorporate sextuplets and sixteenth notes into the mix. Do not play fast rhythms for extended periods of time. Use techniques such as rapid slurs during a brief "sprinting" period. Then, return to slower rhythms.

Part 5

Add tremolo picking to the previous step.

Part 6

Combine all of the elements and improvise your own melodies using this scale. Kris demonstrates this idea at the end of the scene.
Chapter 3: (03:01) Legato Warm-up Legato

Legato is defined as a melodic style in which melody notes are played smoothly with no separation between them. On the guitar, a legato style can be achieved by performing multiple hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides on a single string. Since not every note is picked or articulated, a smooth, flowing sound is produced.

Legato Exercise Overview

This legato exercise features multiple slurs played within the tenth position pattern of the D Dorian mode. In the second measure, the scale descends to the ninth position pattern of this mode. Now, the first finger must perform an out of position finger stretch to play the notes at the 8th fret. As the exercise continues to descend to lower positions of the D Dorian mode, it repeats the same sequence of slurs. Once the lowest position in the exercise is reached, the exercise ascends a position at a time until the starting point is reached. Practice each position within the exercise individually. Then, begin to string the entire exercise together.

Legato Exercise Guidelines

Always play legato exercises in time with a metronome to ensure that your slurs remain even. Every note under the slur line must receive the exact same rhythmic value. Be careful that you do not cut the first note short within a slur figure.
Chapter 4: (03:38) Economy Picking Warm-up In this exercise, alternate picking is applied when notes are played on a single string. When a string crossing occurs, the pick continues in the same direction. For example, two consecutive downstrokes occur when moving from the fifth string to the fourth string. When descending from the fourth string to the fifth string, two consecutive upstrokes must be used. This technique allows you to pick with maximum speed since no movement is wasted.

-Practice this exercise with all adjacent string pairs within the scale.

-Practice the exercise with a wide variety of scale patterns. For example, Kris demonstrates the exercise with the C Lydian mode. This mode features a raised fourth scale degree. In comparison with C major, C Lydian features an F# instead of an F natural.
Chapter 5: (00:44) Final Thoughts The warm-up exercises presented in this lesson cover a wide musical base. These exercises blend technical as well as musical practice. Consequently, they will improve your playing in the most efficient manner possible. Due to the musicality aspects of the exercise, it will take much longer for you to tire of them. When practicing technique, it is very important not to follow into a routine of going through the motions. In order to improve, your focus must remain intact. Exercises that engage your creative side will always hold your attention span longer.

If you have any questions pertaining to this lesson, feel free to contact Kris on JamPlay. You may leave questions in the "Comments" section of this lesson or on Kris' discussion forum. You can also send him an email directly on JamPlay.

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kiefsterkiefster replied

Great warmup, I have to agree about the tuning though - I can accept semitone down tuning, as I have a guitar setup for that, but drop C?! C'mon! I thank you though...

konnektorkonnektor replied

Using a non-standard tuning in this teaching context is completely unnecessary and complicates the student experience considerably. Retuning your guitar vs making every student retune theirs, or have to go through transposing, physically and/or mentally.

rsg440rsg440 replied

You really made something that sounded so hard to play look easy and I know it's not. I feel with lots of practice it will be attainable. Thanks Kris

SampeloxSampelox replied

This really helped me playing the C Major scale in other ways than just up and down the neck in the same position! Thanks Alot!

tyler_enochtyler_enoch replied

good lesson and way to go supporting goatwhore, they are good dudes and a good band

tonkamomatonkamoma replied

DUDE I LIKE REALLY LOVE THAT EGYPTION WARM UP EXERCISE ITS EPIC WHEN I GET GOOD ENOUGH IM GONNA BE SO GOOD CUZE OF U MY PEEPS WILL SAY "WOW SHES RADICAL" AND " WHOA THATS GNARLY DUDETTE" MAN THANX KRIS NORRIS

chase_1995chase_1995 replied

Ha your shirt says whore

wayne66wayne66 replied

dang... I'm gonna have to really warm up to do your warm up... lol

mlc2074mlc2074 replied

Dude, it seriously looks like the video is being fast forwarded when you play really fast, lol. It's insane.

fr3akinricanfr3akinrican replied

what are the benefits of economy picking?

kris.norriskris.norris replied

thank you all for the kind comments. This was just a taster of the warm-ups you can do to not only increase your finger strength but hand synching hopefully many more to come

fatalitatorfatalitator replied

Can you please put the tabs for this lesson?

gorbaggorbag replied

I second the request.

daesetdaeset replied

3rd!

hgnativehgnative replied

wish we could get more metal dennis puts out about 6 lessons a year

peterpaulpeterpaul replied

Really cool! I like your teaching style, hope to see you in future lessons.

bdhannabdhanna replied

Very impressive! I've started playing around with this, and it is really helping the two-hand coordination.

deron finchderon finch replied

i cant wait to try it, love the tone

dezmaxdezmax replied

I'm not able to see the video today. I'm on a trial period and I dont' get to see today bu I did yesterday :-)

grahammothgrahammoth replied

That warmup is NASTY!!!! can't wait for future videos!

dripmandripman replied

This is pretty awesome, looking forward to your future lessons.

ronin808ronin808 replied

this will keep me busy for a while thanks man!!

david.mackenziedavid.mackenzie replied

Kriss, nicely done, and really insightful. i know that will give me some new patterns and ideas to warm up with! mine were getting quite stale!!! thanks so much for bringing that lesson to everyone!!! your skills are truely sick man!!! awesome!!!

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Kris Norris

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.

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