Hey there, I am Riccardo Gioggi Welcome to this Legato technique lesson This is the first of a series of lessons about legato We covered the sweep picking technique in the last videos but I like to create a variety of content, so, here we are talking about this new subject. Of course, there’s a massive amount of things I still have to say about sweep picking or any other technique So I will go back to that subject shortly; and regarding my lessons, in general, I will change the topics pretty often, just to give you a variety of different exercises to practice. If you are new to my channel, I do videos all about the guitar: guitar lessons, gear reviews, and tuition to help you grow as a guitar player and musician if you are interested in this topics, subscribe to the channel for more of this content but let’s live into the lesson: before we start, I have to admit this: in my early years as a guitar player I used to consider the legato technique “the easy way” to play something, while the alternate picking was “the hard and coolest way” to play… Of course, I was completely wrong and probably at the time, I was terrible at both of these techniques but, luckily, I don’t remember. Legato technique is science itself for me, and it takes a massive amount of control of your hands And so, after a lot of years of experience, now I definitely can say that legato technique is not a way “to not pick notes” as I taught in my early years when I started playing, but it’s more a matter of sound, to me Legato has its own sound, as much as the alternate picking or the sweep picking, or any other guitar technique. If you are new to this technique, before practicing the exercise I’m about to show you, I recommend to watch the lesson called Two Ways To Drastically Improve Pt. I and II, first In that lesson, I explain how to calibrate the finger pressure on the strings and how to control the distance of the fingers from the fretboard. These two factors are absolutely crucial for achieving a good legato technique. You’ll find the link to that lesson in the description box, below. Now, let’s play You’re ready? Let’s go! OK, this is the exercise, before we start, let me say a few words about the rig I’m using in this video: I’m using this Ibanez RG1070, D’Addario American stage cable, and D’Addario XT strings, 9-42 From the guitar, I just run into the AmpliTube 4 software, I’m using a preset I made and that’s it, nothing else. Now, let’s play: this is the exercise We are in the key of C minor and it’s based, of course, on the C minor scale in this shape: The notes of the C minor scale are: C, D, E flat, F, G, A flat, B flat, and C The most important thing in this exercise and as much as in any legato sequence, is the economy of motions and the tone. Be light with your left hand, press on the strings the least possible, be relaxed, and your tone will become smooth and pleasant almost by itself. Now, let’s split the exercise into small sections and let’s check any section one by one: we start here, in the VIII position 8th fret: And this is the opening sequence: As you may have noticed I’m using the hybrid picking technique, but this is just the way I play this sequence I’m not asking you to necessarily use the hybrid picking technique. You can also use the pick, and it’s perfectly OK. Like this: So, we start here: Then, we play: G, E flat, C B flat, G, F. Then, we have to stretch a little bit our left hand in order to play this sequence E flat, C, E flat, F. From this point on, we are playing an F min7 arpeggio The shape of this arpeggio comes from this chord: We add to this chord shape this E flat, which is the minor 7th, and this F. The notes of an F min7 arpeggio are: F, A flat, C, E flat. At the end of this F min 7 arpeggio we add this little melodic sequence: then, we play this bending: from D… … to E flat. So, the entire sequence to this point is: After this half-step bending We have this descending sequence, all of the notes of this descending sequence comes from the C minor scale The ending of this sequence is the tricky part of this exercise, at least for me, because we have this weird stretch, here You have to stretch a little bit your hands… Then we have the last notes of this exercise: we are here, on this C 3rd fret, 5th string, and we play this hammer-on on the higher C: 5th fret, 3rd string So the legato sequence ends here: And then we play a C, in this way Let’s try to avoid to play these two Cs simultaneously and let’s keep it separated So, we have this: Then we have the very last note of the exercise, which is a tapped harmonic We just tap with the right hand another C Here, at the 17th fret, which is exactly 12 frets higher compared to this C So, we have: Let me show you the exercise without using the metronome, just in order to be a bit more musical and free to let this exercise sound a little bit more melodic: Thank you so much for watching, leave a comment and, if you want, give me a feedback about this lesson And of course, if there is a topic here you’d like I discuss in one of my next lessons, just ask. 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