Better legato lead
Focus on your fretting fingers and inject some liquid legato lines into your guitar solos
Legato practice is an excellent way of building control over your fretting fingers and bringing a new dimension to your solos.
For the uninitiated, legato is when you use hammer-ons and pull-offs instead of picking every note. The result is a smoother, less choppy sound – and it’s also easier to play faster licks. Still, whether you’re an aspiring shredder or blues is your thing, getting your hammer-on and pull-off technique in shape is essential.
Our exercises are a step up from basic pentatonics in one vital way: played in a three-notes-per-string arrangement, you’ll need to make use of all four fretting fingers instead of just two or three. This can be challenging at first, but persevere and you’ll be a step closer to playing some of the flashier licks of players like Jimmy Page, Slash or shredders like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
This month’s tab exercises can be attempted by players who are ready and want to progress beyond pentatonics.