Shred Guitar Lesson 03

author: JacobReedShred date: 02/05/2013 category: guitar techniques
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Shred Guitar Lesson 03
In this lesson I will discuss what legato is and give you a few exercises. I will add in the second scale in our E minor key and tell you how to combine techniques and scales to create longer passages that aren't so boring. Legato means smooth in Italian. Basically the technique is picking a note and slamming another finger down on a higher note. That is called a hammer-on. The opposite is when you pick a note and flick your finger off to a lower note. That is a pull-off. Another legato technique is the slide. That is when you simply slide your finger across the string to a lower or higher note. When you perform a slide you should keep the same amount of pressure all the way across the string. The first exercise is a simple legato passage. It can also be used as a warm up and to build strength in your fingers. It will be on the first 3 frets of the guitar. The "h" means hammer-on. The "p" means pull-off and the "s" means to slide.
e|------------------------------1h2h3p2p1-------------------------------|
B|------------------------1h2h3-----------3p2p1-------------------------|
G|------------------1h2h3-----------------------3p2p1-------------------|
D|------------1h2h3-----------------------------------3p2p1-------------|
A|------1h2h3-----------------------------------------------3p2p1-------|
E|1h2h3-----------------------------------------------------------3p2p1-|
Easy enough right? It might not be fun, but this is just to build your technique. Another thing you should do is to use fingers 2, 3, and 4 instead of just 1, 2, and 3. Doing that will help build pinkie strength, which is always a good thing. Now let's move on to some better things. Next I will show you the next scale in E Minor which starts on F#. I will also show you how you can play it using legato style. Here it is:
e|---------------------------------------------15h17h19p17p15----------|
B|------------------------------------15h17h19----------------19p17p15-|
G|---------------------------14h16h17----------------------------------|
D|------------------14h16h17-------------------------------------------|
A|---------14h15h17----------------------------------------------------|
E|14h15h17-------------------------------------------------------------|

e|------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------|
G|17p16p14----------------------------|
D|---------17p16p14-------------------|
A|------------------17p15p14----------|
E|---------------------------17p15p14-|
Simple enough. Nothing difficult. Just make sure all of the notes sound correctly and even whenever you hammer-on and pull-off. That is the next scale in E minor. I know I have neglected the slide technique so here is a sequence within this scale to help spice thing up:
e|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------14s16h17p16s14----------------14s16-|
A|---------14h15h17---------------17p15p14h15h17-------|
E|14s15h17---------------------------------------------|
Try not to let the slide then hammer-on confuse you. The next sequence is one of my favorites. You're going to go up 3 strings from the E string then go back to the 5th string then go up 3 strings and so on and so forth. It will be all hammer-ons. Here it is:
e|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------14h16h17----------14h16h17-|
D|------------------14h16h17----------14h16h17----------14h16h17----------|
A|---------14h15h17----------14h15h17-------------------------------------|
E|14h15h17----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------15h17h19-|
B|15h17h19----------15h17h19----------|
G|---------14h16h17-------------------|
D|------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------|
Ok. Now this next part of information is essential to unlocking guitar in general. To play cool passages we have to keep switching scales. This is a very easy concept. The first note of our new scale is the second note of our root scale: The E minor. So, with this information you can figure out how the patterns connect! Things will even get better when you throw in different techniques. This last exercise is a small section of my song "Cold Blood". In the song it is played at a fast tempo, but here just be able to play it. It encompasses alternate picking and legato style playing. It even uses the exact same scales! Get ready for quite a ride:
e|---------------------------19s20s19----19s14----------------------14s19-|
B|---------15-17----15s17-19----------20-------17p15p13----13-15-17-------|
G|14h16h17-------17-------------------------------------16----------------|
D|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
If you noticed I used the 20th fret of the B and e strings. Those are in a different pattern within the same scale. We will cover that scale in the next lesson. Remember to keep all of the notes completely even when practicing your legato technique. Also don't use my lick in any of your songs. That would not be wise. You shouldn't steal another artist's work. That is what makes you a loser, but I do give you permission to show off that lick to all your friends. :) Always practice and don't forget to warm-up each time you sit down to play the guitar. In the next lesson we will discuss tapping which is an extension of the legato technique. We will also learn the next pattern in the key of E minor. You can also check first and second lessons. If you have any questions about ANYTHING related to the guitar you can e-mail me. Stay Shredding, my friends.
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