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Guitar Techniques - - ERIC GALES | STYLE STUDY -

DE­VEL­OP­ING LEGATO

Legato came easy to me be­cause I was never good at al­ter­nate pick­ing. Hav­ing said that I be­lieve there is a real ben­e­fit to the style. I think it opens up the dy­nam­ics win­dow a bit as it’s easy to flex be­tween re­ally soft, whis­pers of notes to louder and more en­er­gised pas­sages. It’s re­ally a lot about the strength of your fret­ting hand. I have some pat­terns to warm up on, but I re­mem­ber as a stu­dent try­ing to sound like Holdsworth. I re­alised even on a fret­ted in­stru­ment you could pull a note flat as well as sharp - notes in­be­tween the frets - so the note goes be­neath and above the fun­da­men­tal pitch. It does re­quire fin­ger strength and con­trol though so lots of care­ful prac­tice and play­ing is needed.

ar­tic­u­la­tions and phras­ing from the video per­for­mance. It’d be well worth tak­ing a close look at the way Allen fin­gers and picks the phrases. Hope­fully there will be a new tech­nique, lick or phrase in here for you to per­fect. If you find one you like, then you can adapt it for use it in your own so­los.

Once you have mas­tered some of the con­cepts in Allen’s solo why not try cre­at­ing one of your own over the same back­ing track? To help with this we have in­cluded a handy one-page chord chart so you can see what’s go­ing on, as well as the three scale fin­ger­ings that Allen dis­cusses so you can plan your as­sault. Have fun and see you next time.

NEXT MONTH Allen gets funky with Ja­son’s brand new groover Palm Drive

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