Slippery Legato Patterns
These three note per string Slippery Legato Patterns is designed to help you build, strength, dexterity, and coordination between your hands. This is a common technique with guitar players such as Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Alan Holdsworth, and many others. This sixteenth note triplet lick outlines the G major scale across the neck, with hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and position shifts.
The key to this exercise is the position shifts that move in a ascending pattern up the neck. This legato exercise is broken up into three sections that gradually add more variations is it progresses, and in turn getting a little more difficult as it goes as well. The first section is three octaves of the first six notes of the G major scale. You want to play the 3rd, 5th, and 7th frets starting on the 6th string, and then move to the 5th string. Next, shift positions to the 5th fret on the 4th string, and play the same pattern on the both the 4th and 3rd strings. For the 3rd octave its the same pattern on the 8th, 10th, and 12th frets, on the 2nd and 1st strings. Slide from the 12th tot the 15th fret. For the descending part, your playing the same thing in reverse down the same patterns.
The second section does this grouping of two string type pattern that repeats through the scale as it climbs up the scale. You want to keep in mind with all of these patterns you want to attempt to keep all the notes as close to the same volume as possible. the elements of good legato are the solid hammer-on when ascending, and the down and away motion when playing pull-offs when moving down the strings. Picking the first note of every new string is a good way to insure that the momentum keeps going as you play though the patterns. The 3rd section of this whole thing has a lot of twists and turns, and moves though the scale in a really cool way. The best thing to do it simply take this in small sections and slowly piece it all together. The backing tracks will make this so much easier to practice, you can loop small sections and slow bring up the tempo as you get it. Once your able to connect more, just keep piecing it together.
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