Three Octave Legato Scale Run Five Keys In The Style Of Joe Satriani Paul Gilbert
Three note per string licks and scales are generally used for speed. Whenever you hear a guitar player playing these really fast terrifying licks, it’s probably a three note per string lick. Paul Gilbert, and Joe Satriani a couple of many great experts in this field. This is a three octave legato run that moves though five keys starting in the key of G.
The key to this exercise is the position shifts that move in a ascending pattern up the neck. Start on second fret on the sixth string, hammer-on the third and fifth fret. Next play the same pattern on the fifth string. On the fourth string play the second, fourth and fifth fret picking only the first note. This is where you shift to the third fret on the fifth string, for the first position shift. The diagrams in the tablature section can help you to break each section down. The diagrams are broken up into four sections.
Once you master the lick in the key of G (which is the first key) Then this moves up one half step to the key of Ab, then the key of A, Bb, and then B. The rest of this exercise moves back down the lick in each key working its way back to the key of G. This type of three note per string licks are often alternate picked, but this exercise is about legato playing. Strong legato is about solid and clear hammer-ons and pull-offs.
When playing hammer-ons you want to work on a strong attack the the non picked notes when moving up the lick. The pull-offs you want to make sure you pull down and away from each non picked note. I have always found the the pull-offs are more difficult than hammer-ons. With this run we are picking the first note of every three notes.
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