Legato Run With Chromatic Passages, (upper beginner/intermediate level - with video and TAB)
Jonas Tamas
Feb 27 2013, 09:53 AM
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Joined: 30-January 13
From: Budapest, Hungary

This time it's a fast legato (hammer-on and pull-off) exercise with chromatic passing tones. As it contains some stretches for the left hand, make sure to do some warm-up exercises. (In general, ALWAYS do warm-up exercises before the real practicing begins! smile.gif )

The lick is in the key of C major, but of course it can seen as an A-minor lick too - it all depends on the music you are applying it over. Notice the chromatic passing tones on the G and B strings, which give the lick a more smooth and more interesting sound, without sacrificing the tonality.

As a rule of thumb, it is always okay to use chromatic passing tones, as long as you end the lick on an "in" tone, i.e. a tone from the key.

TAB is included in the video!


1) In your opinion who is the player, who you find as one of the most interesting legato players? Is is Allan Holdsworth? Or Joe Satriani? Or Brett Garsed? Or Guthrie Govan?

2) Do you use longer legato lines a lot in your playing? What are your experiences/findings/possible problems with this technique?

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