“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 hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides so not every note is picked.
Here are 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 exercises that you can download.
The following video discusses the technique.
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