Kris Norris has 51 guitar lessons and 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 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.
Kris Norris demonstrates how to install new strings on a guitar equipped with a Floyd...Length: 13:43
Kris Norris shows you his favorite warm-up exercises. These exercises will prepare you...Length: 12:16
Kris covers chromatic and scale pattern exercises. Also, he explains some variations on...Length: 20:23
Kris shows you the in's and out's of legato playing. These examples will benefit beginners...Length: 11:01
Kris covers right hand techniques such as palm muting, tremolo, palm muted string skipping,...Length: 13:26
Kris covers the right and left hand components of sweep picking separately. Then, he shows...Length: 35:40
Kris presents excerpts from his song "Remaining Foolish" from Icons of the Illogical....Length: 17:40
Kris uses Pachelbel's "Canon In D" as a way to practice arpeggio sweeps. He shows how...Length: 10:08
This lesson is about the concept of counterpoint and harmony. Kris explores contrapuntal...Length: 8:52
Kris analyzes different pick sizes and their effect on his playing. Using a slow motion...View This Full Lesson!
Kris Norris explains how to play a Joe Satriani inspired tapping etude.Length: 11:13
Kris Norris takes a look at 8 string guitars and their possibilities. He demonstrates...Length: 10:34
Kris teaches neoclassical examples from three of his favorite guitar players.Length: 29:17
Kris displays some adventurous ways to use chicken pickin' in a rock and metal environment.Length: 15:25
Kris teaches arpeggio examples that use notes outside of a scale. He also demonstrates...Length: 12:19
Kris shows you how to connect the patterns of a G major scale together.Length: 15:28
This is the first lesson in the "Mastering Modes" mini series. Here Kris explains the...Length: 19:08
In this lesson, Kris explains the history behind the modes and then explains the Ionian...Length: 9:59
In this lesson, Kris covers the Dorian mode, which is the second mode of the major scale.Length: 13:39
Kris explains the basics of the Phrygian mode, which is a minor sounding mode of the major...Length: 7:43
In this installment of the "Mastering Modes" mini-series, Kris covers the Lydian mode....Length: 9:47
Kris explains the basics of the Mixolydian mode, which is a major sounding mode of the...Length: 10:00
Kris explains Aeolian, which is the 6th mode of the major scale. This is also known as...Length: 7:32
Kris covers the Locrian mode, which is the 7th mode of the major scale.Length: 5:48
Aaron Miller sits down with Kris in the JamPlay studio to discuss songwriting techniques.Length: 78:38
Kris Norris and Aaron Miller are back to finish up what they started. Get ready for more...Length: 32:00
Kris shows how some drum rudiments can be used to make exercises for your right hand.Length: 18:33
Kris teaches how to use sliding techniques with arpeggios. He uses an example in the Lydian...Length: 15:11
Kris teaches exercises focused on getting the left hand fingers to be more independent.Length: 26:19
Kris explains root triad arpeggios and their first and second inversions.Length: 25:12
This lesson focuses on sweep picking major, minor, and diminished triad arpeggios chromatically.Length: 16:33
Kris shows you how inversions can be used to create smooth voice leading within a progression.Length: 14:34
Kris shows how to combine pentatonic scales from different keys to form new and interesting...Length: 24:06
Kris shows you how to learn scales vertically and horizontally on the fretboard.Length: 16:11
Named after the "Neapolitan School" from the 18th century and not ice cream, this chord...Length: 7:13
Kris shows the diatonic chords of G Major.Length: 19:42
Kris teaches you how to play diatonic 7th arpeggios and their inversions in the key of...Length: 15:47
Kris shows you how to play seventh arpeggios with tapping, legato, and string skipping.Length: 7:45
Kris shows some common major and minor chord progressions.Length: 27:24
Kris installs these new EMG pickups into his guitar.Length: 26:15
Kris Norris sat down with Chodypth, aka Cody, and this video is the result of a day of...Length: 77:35
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
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.His Future:
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.
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.