Bet­ter legato lead

Fo­cus on your fret­ting fin­gers and in­ject some liq­uid legato lines into your gui­tar so­los

Total Guitar - - HOW TO -

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.

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