Legato Technique

Legato Technique.

“Legato” means “fluent” in Italian.
The definition: “in a smooth, flowing manner, without breaks between notes.”

It’s a soloing technique heavily used by rock and metal guitarists.
Steve Vai and Joe Satriani are some of the guitarists whose soloing style is heavily legato oriented.

The technique consists of playing lots of hammerons, pull offs and slides so not every note is picked.

Here’s some examples of great legato playing:

Steve Vai’s “The Black Forest” starting at 3:39

Joe Satriani’s “Not Of This Earth”. (1:09)

Here’s a pdf with a ton of excercises that you can download.


Following video discusses the technique.

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