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Watch the Running Stone Cold online guitar lesson by Angus Clark from Hard Rock Survival Guide: Lead

Stone Sour and other bands that have ruled the airwaves in the 2000s feature some pretty great lead guitar work, while the rhythm parts are kind of a combination of heavy grunge and thrash. It's like if Jerry Cantrell was shredding on the "Dirt" album. I'm in Drop D for this track, so you won't see me hit any notes on the bottom string during the solo. I could, but I'd have to think about it. For this track the rhythm part just loops the riff, and that's indicative of a few of the songs the James Root and co. have brought to the table. There's not a lot of blues here, mostly three-note-per string scale work. The Stone Sour guys are right up there in the shredder leagues, their hand synchronization is sick. Take it easy, this is art not sports. If you can't get the solo as notated, leave the fast stuff out.

The riff indicates the Phrygian mode by moving to the b2 and back to the root, which I address right at the top of the solo with a bend. I leave it there and switch to the Aeolian (Natural Minor) for the rest of the solo, but almost all of the slow passages center around the half steps between the 5 and b6, and the 2 and b3, so there's a darkness to the solo that gives it some cohesiveness.