Legato Academy Part One

author: daniel.kPL date: 04/16/2012 category: guitar techniques
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Playing legato means to play smoothly and keep the notes connected. So it's an opposition to hard, less fluid playing using the pick. On guitar, playing legato means simply to use as little picking as possible. We do it by hammering-on, pulling-off and sliding our left hand fingers over the strings. These are simple movements that will get your playing really fluid, but watch out not to spill - it's not easy at the beginning to play good legato licks! Uh. I'll start my legato academy by talking about basic movements you will use, and the hand position. HAND POSITION To play legato you must put your thumb over the middle of the neck, to make it support your fingers in the work that they will do on the fretboard. The most important thing in playing legato is not to use much force, which can lead to tendonitis. Legato is hard for left hand, so develop slowly and practice without forcing yourself. BASIC MOVEMENTS As said before, there will be not much picking here, because the pick "clicks" on the string, so only the first note on the string will be picked. Also, use clean tone, to have a better ear for nuances of you articulation. *Hammer-on To hammer-on means to play a note by hammering the finger onto the string without picking. It's important that you hammer onto the string that have already been played and you hold a finger on it. It's easier to show it than to talk about it, so look at the tab how it's done and hammering will become clear for you :). * First, play a 3rd fret on a 4th string (F note) using first finger and let it ring. * While the string is ringing put your third finger on fifth fret of the same string (G note) just like you would play the note normally, but don't pluck the string with your pick! * Was the sound clear? If you've putted your finger correctly and precisely you have successfully hammered! Roar! Hammer on is indicated on tab with an "h" letter. The whole story looks like this on tab:
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It's really easy, but perform it very slowly and precisely. There's no sense in it if its fast but not quite clean. It's worth poo poo then. Find a way suitable for you to hammer, everybody has different hands and fingers, so there's no universal way for every guitarist. Remember if you feel pain or any stiffness - change hand position. Play it on your fingertips and remember - make it clean!. *Pull-off Pull-off is an exact opposition of hammer-on, as the name implies. When you're pulling-out a pull-off (yeah) you simply play two notes one after another on one string, by pulling off your finger from the higher fret, slightly dragging the string. It'll become clear within a second, if it's not clear now :). * Play a G note on the D string, (fifth fret) with your third finger. * While the string rings, put your first finger on the third fret. (two frets lower) * Pull off your third finger, dragging a bit the string to add vibration to it. (remember to hold the first finger on the third fret!) And that's a pull-off. Look at the tab. Pull-off is indicated by letter p.
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Easy as it is. Have you noticed that it sounds more smooth than normal picking? Compare these techniques and listen. *The slide Slide is the easiest technique on today's lesson. To perform a slide you just have to... slide your finger. Woah. Just play a note and slide your finger to the desired note. That's all. * Play a note, with the first finger. * Slide your finger over the string, still fretting. * Stop ad desired fret. Tab example is down there. Silde is indicated by "/" or "\".
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Unlike the hammer-on or pull-off, slie can be performed both ways- ascending or descending. So, that's all about basic movements. Practice them using all the fingers you can. That's enough for the first lesson of legato academy. Next one will be about mastering the basic movements - so there is a lot of exercises waiting for you! Stay tuned for the next one! As always - please like my Facebook profile, rate and comment. It's important to me to have your support! Daniel Kaczmarczyk, lodzgitara@gmail.com
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