Thanks for the great lesson! Even though I already have tons of things to practice this is great.
Agree! Having lots of things to practcie is the whole idea - if we just had a few things we would all end up sounding the same.
Fortunately for us at gmc - we have such a wide variety of topics that we can all be original from each other...awesome!
Thanks. I REALLY needed this lesson.
i want a guitar like that, but i cant afford one....oh well, anyway, sweet lesson
I was dreaming about that guitar from the first day i saw Vai playing it! I worked during summer for 2 years and i finally got it!
Thanks alot for the lesson. The Pinky is my weak point. So i guess it is about time i begain working it more, Tons of things to pratice is great also. So keep up the good work!!!!
just what I was looking for. !
keep up the good work !
Pavel - I asume you are a huge Steve Vai fan and can play Tender Surrender as many of your licks are used in that solo, which I think also is why you bought that particular Ibanez JEM-model... Am I right?
Steve Vai is the reason why i started to practice guitar seriously. As soon as as i saw him i knew i want to play like him or even better and i was sure the white JEM is mine!
As for Tender Surrender - i never tried to play it - but that song is one of my favorites!
For last 2 years i don't bother with playing someone's songs. I just don't see any point in it. Maybe one day i change my opinion but right now i simply practice and write my own stuff. Practicing all kinds of techniques takes 6 to 7 hours every day and i leave very little time to actually write/compose my own music. For now my goal is to actually learn to play (like Vai or Rusty - he is my main influence at the moment).
This is great, thanks!
sorry if this seems like a noob question but how do you read this type of tab? I just joined and im used to reading tab like 12p10 or something like that, in these tabs it doesn't say what to hammer onto or to pull off of, is the next note on the tab the hammer/pulloff note?
Motivated question! We don't have any tutorials on that yet - but here is a another one:
Am I the only one who's thumb hurts when playing this?
Maybe I wasn't warmed up enough...
or maybe not relaxed enough...
If you haev just started practicing legato than it's normal. You have to practice it not too long - like 15 minutes per day if you are new to legato. Later you'll se how easy it is. You MUST be relaxed!
When i try to have my hand as you have yours, my pinky kinda bends when I try to position it vertically so only the outside of the pinky is placed on the string. But if I have my hand a bit more behind the neck (the best way to explain it I guess, but it's not a good explanation) it works out, and I'm able to placde the fingers vertically. Should I try to get it like yours or is it good enough? (I hope you understand what I mean, I suck at trying to explain things like this over the internet)
If it's comfortable for you like that and you can play the notes clean than i think it doesn't matter if you keep fingers exactly like me or not.
It's normal for pinky to bend a bit because all fingers are different and you can't make them stay 100% vertical.
dude this video was awesome and easy to understand!
good job pavel
Yes this lesson is great,i have so much to learn!! But with pavel's help i can get there
Btw have you played on a jem7dbk pavel? I'm picking one up next week,looking so forward to it!!
Thanks man! I am glad i helped!
I'ts just the same JEM but with slightly different finish and i think pick-ups are also different then on JEM7V. Anyway - as long as it is JEM7 you're gonna love it!
i am abit confused about the picking when it comes to hammering on n pulling off, for example 9p8h5, so on my picking hand,do i actually pick once or i pick twice?
You pick once - the 9th fret - after that comes pull-off and than hammer-on!
thnx pavel.... i am really new to the legato technique. are there any tips i should know before practice the wrong way?
tips on practicing the technique pleez
I think i explained it in the first video?! V ertical left hand position and finger motion, not the hand motion, will do the trick.
i can get the whole legato down with good enough speed, but i stil cant get a good strong sound like u when i try the hammer ons...should i turn the volume up on my amp even louder, cos maybe thats the reason im not gettin a loud enough sound(even though the volume is already very high). Because also, when i do the h. ons, just as practise and i hit the string very hard, still the sound that comes out isnt strong enough...so any ideas why this is happening?
Hey Pavel...Awesome lesson. My pinky and I are at odds again, but it will come. My hand strength is getting better but I find with the legato it tires pretty quick. I guess since I'm still pretty new at this my hand strength still needs to be worked on. Very challenging lesson but very fun...great job.
zenitSpb: cranking up the amp won't help you It comes with time because the tips of your fingers have to get harder and also you have to gain strength in your fingers.
rokchik: getting tired fast, playing legato is a normal thing at the beginning. It all requires time.
Hey Pavel...I actually posed this question on AIB234 Forum topic but after some thought realized I should have just asked it here.
Is there a standard to how many frets you span in legato? I think in the lesson it looks like your spanning 5 (8th to 12th incl.) I have trouble with my pinky when spanning 5...I tend to use the side of it instead of the top. Spanning 4 no problem but 5...I don't get the sound I'm suppose to and I tough the other strings it's making the lesson for me very difficult. Is this just a strenght thing or something I'm gonna have to learn to adjust to?
I tend to practice more and more of stretches. I even have licks of 6 to 7 frets legato stretches and they all sound good so it's just a matter of time when you'll be able to do it!
Thanks Andrew and Pavel...Since I started at this lesson the other day I've incorporated some hand stretching before I practice. I stretched bfore but it was mostly upper body stuff as tend to slouch when playing...bad me. But since I've started this I've noticed a bit of improvement on my dexterity. Not so much on the pinky issue yet but hoping that will improve with time. Again Pavel this is a great lesson!
BEST LEGATO LESSON EVER!!!!
AWESOME JOB PAVEL, i can finally play legatos...
Nice lesson Pavel!
When did you buy your second electric? I'm thinking about getting my second.
My first was RG, i had it for almost 4 years, than i sold it a year ago and bought a JEM, so i only have 1 guitar now. But i already ordered my second guitar (or a 3rd one if you also count the RG).
Pavel, do you place your fingers vertically all the time or just while playing legatos ?
I tend to put them vertically all the time. That way you don't hit wrong frets and no extra noise gets on the strings, also you can than do big stretches.
im so glad you just said that! ive been havin problems with the stretch on the hand control lesson but this should help, THANKS CAREER POINT! (i mean THANKS PAVEL!)
Great lesson i really need to improve my legato. But i have a problem
When i am try to play legato the tone dies out almost emidietly. i have noticed that i am not getting enough sound out of my hammerons. what should i do to make it better
Practice! It's all about precision and strength of your fingers! You get it with time!
hi pavel! im more comfortable with my thumb around the fretboard not in the middle! Do i HAVE to keep it in the middle?
Keeping it in the middle is vital for legato. If you want to master it - you'll have to keep it there. You can play it your way if the lick is simple but if the exercise is more difficult there is no way you will be able to play it.
ok thank u! what do you recommend for speed picking and sweep picking
All the lessons that are on GMC!
lmao! i mean like what do you recommend for thumb positions on speed picking and sweep picking
Keep it in the middle of the neck!
Also - some things you will find out on your own and may work better for you!
Is it just me or is the tapping-like technique in the song easier than the normal legato run in the end? I can't get it, though the tapping is just a piece of cake
I was just practicing sweeping and noticed that thumb position depends on a sweep shape or run i am making - so, to those who wonder where to keep thumb - there is no FIXED position. Sometimes you'll need it on top of the neck, sometimes in the middle, sometimes on the bottom, sometimes close to the top. When i was playing 5-string sweep shapes i found i keep it very close to the top of the neck but when i play legato i keep it ALWAYS in the middle of the neck!
Hope this info is useful!
THANK YOU!! this is what i was experiencing with sweeping and i was thinking like wtf is goin on man whats wrong with me?! So thank you and i am going to find which position is more comfy for the shapes i know
first, thank u for this great lesson, it is amazing!!
I still have two questions:
we don't really see with details on the video the position of your right palm hand to mute the strings above the one you want to play. And to be honest I don't understand how to position my right hand palm to mute for example two or three strings, it seems a little complicated. can you explain?
then, I am not sure about the last part, what are you muting exactly, is your palm moving depending which string you play? At the beginning, B string, you mute E, A, D, G, with right palm, and e with your left hand (how?), ad then whn you play G string, so you mute E, A, D with palm and B, e, with left hand?
thak you for the help!!
When you mute strings below the one you are playing you mute it with left hand index finger because if you fret for example G string you slightly touch B and E strings with the back side of index finger. It's not that simple so you have to get the feeling for it. Just try it and play around with it.
Muting with right hand...one of the ways is to mute it with the part of your thumb where it "joins" your hand. It's the biggest and softest part to use for muting. It's actually part of the hand where the thumb starts. It's hard to explain in words but i hope you understand what i mean.
Any more questions? Feel free to ask!
in fact, concerning the left hand muting, I got it.
All my problem is about muting the strings above the one I want to fret. and so you tell me to try with the start of the thumb.
In fact, when I start the piece you teach us here, i am on e string, and with right hand palm, I mute E A D G B. Right?
When then I move to the B string legato, I need in fact to "rise" a little my right hand thumb so I will mute E A D G. Right?
Now I think you did not answer the second question upthere about video #5, is there still a need to mute any string, or everything in the "verticality" of the fingers not to play wrong strings?
Your palm mutes the strings you don't play. No matter what you play you always mute strings you don't play with your palm. Depending on that - the palm moves up or down the bridge.
very nice lesson Pavel!!
Reminds me a bit of Pachelbel's Canon