Alexi Laiho is the lead guitarist, vocalist,and songwriter for the Finnish melodic death metal band Children of Bodom. He has a great talent for creating technical yet interesting solos, most of which are like mini-compositions with several sections, each having its own personality. His wide variety of skills gives him a seemingly endless bag of tricks to draw from, and he has quickly risen to become one of today’s most talented metal shredders. I had a chance to work with him on a few instructional programs, and to see his talents firsthand, and I can tell you that his reputation is not just hype—he is an amazing player. Let’s take a look at the contents of one of his solos.
“Next in Line” is a signature Alexi solo from the CD Are You Dead Yet. In this solo he employs a perfect blend of melodic riffs and ripping speed runs. Take a look at the complete solo and then I’ll break it down and analyze each section. Note: This song is played in dropped-C tuning, or C, G, C, F, A, D, low to high. See the lesson “Dark Tunings That Rule Metal Music”
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