Nevermore: 'The River Dragon Has Come' Guitar Solo Lesson with Chris Zoupa

Hey guys. Check out my step by step article and tutorial on the classic solo Jeff Loomis plays in "The River Dragon Has Come" by Nevermore.

Ultimate Guitar
Tuning: Bb Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

Level: Advanced

Jeff Loomis is a monster of a man and guitar player. I was never a huge Nevermore due to the singer's questionable tone and note choice… However the guitar work is delicious and educational. This solo covers some cool tapping and chromatics as well as the signature Loomisy diminished goodness. As usual we'll break the solo down into problematic sections. I'll leave a tab for the solo and a link to the YouTube lesson at the bottom of the article.

Section 1 Tips

The opening section of this solo starts with a really cool tapping lick. The pulse of the tap is very reminiscent of the tapping at the start of the solo in "Crazy Train." Let's take a look at the excerpt below. 

This isn't a particularly difficult lick but it's really important to get the tap emphasis. Keep in mind that there's a lot more movement on your tapping hand than your fretting hand. Work through this example slowly and concentrate on the tap and legato emphasis.

Section 2 Tips

This section makes up the majority of the solo. We're mainly working through 2 positions of a diminished arpeggios and some chromatics (see excerpt below).

This lick works through a Bbdim7/Edim7 then adds a few chromatic notes. This whole section is in semiquavers/sixteenth notes. There's a few places where there's a slide or a pull off but you'll want to alternate pick this for the most part.

Section 3 Tips

The final section has a pretty cool legato lick. Try familiarise yourself with this diatonic shape (see diagram below).

When this scale shape makes enough sense try working through the lick below. Pay close attention to where the legato emphasis is (see excerpt below).

Once you've worked through the 3 leading in quavers, it's straight semiquaver triplets down the legato run.

Hope you guy have enjoyed the lesson! Happy shredding!

Download tab here.

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By Chris Zoupa

3 comments sorted by best / new / date

    "I was never a huge Nevermore" -Chris Zoupa Sorry, I had to Warrel's vocals are really nice once you get used to them.
    I'm intruiged, why do you wish you were swedish? EDIT: I see now this is the wrong video