Friday, June 6, 2008

Legato Rock Guitar Lick

A basic rock guitar lick using legato - especially slides played solely on the B string. In the video examples I use a lot of slides and hammer on and pull offs to decrease the amount I pick in this lick. This does two main things. One, the legato technique allows you to play musical passages smoother and create more flowing melodic lines. Two, it allows you to more easily play guitar licks faster than you may be able to pick them - especially at a beginner or intermediate level.

I love the tone that long flowing legato lines can produce and this is just a brief basic example. For real masters of this technique I would recommend listening and learning as much as you can from the music of Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.