How to Improve Your Legato

In this short study I've prepared probably one of the most useful legato exercises I can think of, some technique pointers to keep in mind, and a legato passage for you to work on.

How to Improve Your Legato
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In this short study I've prepared probably one of the most useful legato exercises I can think of, some technique pointers to keep in mind, and a long run for you to work on.






Perpendicular hand posture:

The exercise: "Sliding two-string legato"


I believe that this exercise is good for a number of reasons:
  • It's musical (can be used as a lick);
  • It engages all four fingers;
  • Includes hammer-ons, pull-offs, and "legato slides";
  • Includes the "hammer-on from nowhere" (the fifth "10" in the exercise), which is essential for multistring legato playing.

The long run:


This starts at the top of the Ionian 3nps scale shape and slides between positions. Mute the thinner strings (not being played) with your fretting hand's index finger and mute the fatter strings (not being played) with your trusty palm-mute. Make sure all the notes are the same length and volume to make this as impressive as it can be.

About the Author:
By Alfred Potter www.AlfredPotter.com

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    Gibsonkid401
    I've been doing both examples since the article was posted, and I must say it has helped a lot! Now I can nail the solo from DT's Pull Me Under, which has some killer legato.