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post Apr 8 2007, 02:31 PM
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Ok so im learning some great techniques here at GMC. Alternate Picking, Sweeping, and next on my list it tapping and Legato. Only thing is, I dont yet understand what *Legato* is ! laugh.gif Anyone care to share? cool.gif


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post Apr 8 2007, 03:06 PM
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post Apr 8 2007, 03:21 PM
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QUOTE (mattacuk @ Apr 8 2007, 09:31 AM) *
Ok so im learning some great techniques here at GMC. Alternate Picking, Sweeping, and next on my list it tapping and Legato. Only thing is, I dont yet understand what *Legato* is ! laugh.gif Anyone care to share? cool.gif


In general music terms, legato refers to flowing passages of notes without picking the notes out individually. When playing a clarinet for example, normally a player uses his tongue to stop the sound between one note an another. When playing legato he doesn't do this, he just lets the notes flow together. Violin players can distinguish notes by changing the direction of their bowing, which puts a little gap or stop into the sound - when playing legato they finger all the notes with one bow movement. Can you see where this is going yet ? smile.gif

Legato on the guitar is a little more complex than on other instruments, and only works really well on the elctric guitar. For leagto phrasing you simply stop using your picking hand to hit the notes and rely on a series of hammerons ad pulloffs to make the notes. Since you aren;t picking, the resulting sound is more flowing and smooth as the Legato term calls for. ou've probably already played a little legato if you have done hamerons or pulloffs even for a single note - playing a whole legato phrase just means you construct entire runs out of the technique.

EDIT : and as Brainlesswonder posted while I was typing this, Pavel has a lesson on it smile.gif

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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Apr 8 2007, 03:21 PM) *
In general music terms, legato refers to flowing passages of notes without picking the notes out individually. When playing a clarinet for example, normally a player uses his tongue to stop the sound between one note an another. When playing legato he doesn't do this, he just lets the notes flow together. Violin players can distinguish notes by changing the direction of their bowing, which puts a little gap or stop into the sound - when playing legato they finger all the notes with one bow movement. Can you see where this is going yet ? smile.gif

Legato on the guitar is a little more complex than on other instruments, and only works really well on the elctric guitar. For leagto phrasing you simply stop using your picking hand to hit the notes and rely on a series of hammerons ad pulloffs to make the notes. Since you aren;t picking, the resulting sound is more flowing and smooth as the Legato term calls for. ou've probably already played a little legato if you have done hamerons or pulloffs even for a single note - playing a whole legato phrase just means you construct entire runs out of the technique.

EDIT : and as Brainlesswonder posted while I was typing this, Pavel has a lesson on it smile.gif



Excellent explantation!!! I saw Pavels excellent video whilst browsing, but wanted an explaination of what it actually is. I am becomeing more familiar with hammer ons and pulloff as I practice my sweeping so I know what you mean. Thanks Andrew! cool.gif


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post Apr 8 2007, 08:29 PM
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Andrew, Would I be right in saying im seeing alot of Legato in this peice by "funtwo";

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxplDa3M5Io

(Who incidently is my new Hero becides Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai wink.gif )


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post Apr 8 2007, 09:19 PM
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QUOTE (mattacuk @ Apr 8 2007, 03:29 PM) *
Andrew, Would I be right in saying im seeing alot of Legato in this peice by "funtwo";

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxplDa3M5Io

(Who incidently is my new Hero becides Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai wink.gif )


I didn't see a lot actually - the way to tell is if you look at his pick hand and see hear a lot of notes coming out, but see the pick moving very slowly.

Check out the GGuera video on 3 note per string modes ... at 3:10 - 3:20 he is doign some runs, and for each 3 notes he picks the string once - that is a good example of legato.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=XrXvY-i9d10


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