Children Of Bodom: 'Downfall' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa

author: Chris Zoupa date: 12/06/2013 category: soloing
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Children Of Bodom: 'Downfall' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa
Tuning: D G C F A D I've always loved the way Finnish and Swedish people "plays the guitars." I was particular fond of Alexi Laiho's guitar work on Children Of Bodom's 2nd album "Hatebreeder." This album was a massive influence on me when I was growing up and coming into my own as a guitarist and as a gentleman. Without further adieu, let's take a look at "Downfall" then! As per usual I've broken my lesson into sections that may be problematic.

Section 1 Tips:

This section begins with a few leading notes into some full tone bends. The shred run that follows is made up of semiquavers (or sixteenth notes) working through 2 string Aeolian and Locrian shapes. Nothing too fancy, just keep thinking fast semiquavers!

Section 2 Tips:

The start of this section starts off pretty simple, but then it leads into some pretty fast diminished arpeggios. The arpeggios are basically straight semi quavers using a combination of pulloffs and sweep picking. Let's break down this run into 2 simple arpeggio shapes.
Get comfortable with these two 5 note diminished shapes. When you're feel more confident and ready, try using them in the ridiculous diminished sweep passage in this solo.

Section 3 Tips: MAKE DIAGRAMS!

The start of this section is identical to the start of the 1st. After that we work into a building/ascending semiquaver run that works in groups of 4 till we get to the little group of 6 semi quavers that's played 4 times.
Once you get your head around the placement of this little passage and repeat it 4 times, the whole section becomes way easier manage. The end of section 3 is a relatively predictable semi quaver run descending diatonically.

Section 4 Tips:

The majority of this section is played in straight quavers/eighth notes. It does use some interesting string skip arpeggio ideas, but the melodic content of the arpeggios is pretty standard 1st, 3rd and 5th triads.
If we were in standard tuning the arpeggios above would be a basic "A" minor and "E" minor arpeggio. Get your head around these shapes before you attempt putting the whole section together. String skipping can feel a bit awkward at times, but these arpeggios are played in relatively manageable quavers. The rest of this final section is made up of some pretty "meat and veg" diatonic runs. Hope this has helped! Enjoy the Finnish Win!
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