Alice in Chains - Them Bones - Solo

This article is part 14 of 19 in the 2022 music project series.

I had a good time recording the Stairway to Heaven solo, so I thought I'd run it back this week with one of my favorites: Jerry Cantrell's solo in Them Bones by Alice in Chains. Unlike Stairway to Heaven, I already knew this solo, so I didn't really need to practice or memorize it, which made things way easier.

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Them Bones solo from Alice in Chains' Dirt

Recording

My rendition of Jerry Cantrell's solo from Them Bones

I don't have a guitar with a tremolo bar, so I emulated the dive bomb by slowly detuning the 5th string by about an octave (heard at about 00:37 in the video). I tried using a slide but it sounded like trash on the low strings.


As usual, I recorded it in Ardour and used Hydrogen to program the drums.

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Screenshot of my Ardour/Hydrogen setup