Learn Legato Triplets to Play Faster Solos [GUITAR LESSON]

GET UR SHRED ON! Actually this is shred-lite, diet shred. Legato lets you play fast without having to learn to coordinate your pickstrokes. These techniques go hand in hand with the video I did on one-string scales, and I suggest you check that one out if you are unfamiliar with the concept https://youtu.be/TbbtxQQgi8w



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domo arigato mr. legato that’s right today we’re talking about legato for our lead guitar solos legato sounds awesome it’s a really easy technique to start applying and to just sound fast in the middle of your solos practicing things with every note being picked is a lot of work and that takes years and years to get it cleaned lots of metronome practice whereas today we’re gonna start sounding fast right out of the gate once we’ve got these these little shapes down memorized so it’s kind of cheating you know and eventually you should probably learn to pick everything we’re doing here today but you know no harm in having some fun and just playing fast so here’s all we have to do we have to learn three very tiny shapes my first shape is going to be like this all right it doesn’t matter where I start it matters the distances between my fingers so once I’m done teaching you this I want you to practice it everywhere okay practice it high low I don’t care where today we’re on the fifth front I’ve got my first finger around five I’m gonna pick that note and then I’m gonna hammer on my ring finger and then I’m gonna hammer around my pinky all right so it’s just one pick stroke there and then two hammers and I’ll repeat it kick pick hammer hammer all right and this is what you’re practicing all right every single day for a few minutes trying to speed this up trying to get fast at it notice that my first finger just stays there okay it doesn’t have to lift off at all I can just it can just chill all right and that saves me the effort of having to pick it up now I will note that when you go really fast I don’t know for me personally my first finger has a tendency to rock just a little bit just pick up just a little bit to kind of allow the other fingers to get the speed in there but just be aware of that all right now that you’ve got that figured out all right that’s what you’re practicing and and once you’re comfortable with that I want you to start switching strings with it all right it’s right on the second string and the third string and it’s great exercise maybe do it four times on each string and then switch strings 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 okay and then do it in reverse order start at the bottom this time I’ll just do it twice on each string so one two do like that all right that sounds great now we’ve taken the same shape though and we’re gonna do it in reverse order all right so we’re gonna start with all of our fingers in place and instead of hammering on all those notes we’ll just pull off every note so my fingers are lined up they’re all on their own fret I’m gonna pick the pinky and then I pull off the pinky and then I pull off the ring finger okay I’ll start over again pick pull-off pull-off pick pull-off bunkbed all right and that’s what I’m doing right there is just practicing that when I’m done with that I’m gonna try switching to the second string and really quick I mean that’s what this reason this lessons about is finding simple things that you can practice in a lot of different permutations you can get a lot of bang for your buck that way so we’ve done this shape now that was our first finger on our ring finger and our pinky the other one you have to practice in order to string together all your major scales and everything is with your first finger your middle finger and your pinky like this so we’ll do the same practice on akita string with those we’ll do with boloss as well okay and then the last shape you’re gonna practice is this one it’s gonna be five seven and nine alright and the right way I’m doing that is with my middle finger on seven it’s a very big jump it’s not that comfortable but you do want to be practicing that you should also practice it with your ring finger and you might be tempted to do it that way first but I would recommend the harder method with your middle finger it gets your hand into a very good position all right so hammers philosophy all right stringing them together okay now keep in mind these might sound like scales but they’re not these are not complete scales they’re just kind of messes of notes and I’ve heard this in guitar solos I know Randy Rhoads used to do this kind of thing a lot I’ve heard it in you know Dream Theater solos where you just do what’s fast and doesn’t really necessarily matter if it’s in a key I’m warning you that’s a rare thing to do it’s not something you want to rely on just saying I’ll play fast notes I don’t care what key they’re in but there’s a time and a place for that and this is a great you know technique to start using when you want to do something like that all right so we’ve got the three shapes that we need and now we can string together those three shapes to start playing entire scales I did do a video on one string scales that you should probably recap on I believe I talked about major and minor on that but the idea is I’ll take these shapes and I’ll string them together and I’ll perform that move on each one so if I wanted to be an a minor or C major same thing it really doesn’t matter for our purposes here I’ll start on five and I’ll do my hammer ons okay and I find an a minor I could just move up to the next note of the a minor scale which was this note I’ll put my finger there and then I’m gonna do this shape look it’s the one with my middle finger now I’ll move up to C and I’ll do the the wide jumping shape okay now I move up a whole step and I’ll do the shape that we started with okay I’ll move up a whole step I’ll move that do the second shape with the middle finger then move up a half step and I’ll do that big jump shape and I’ll do that again a whole step higher and that takes me back to a here with my first finger so if I put that together here’s what I get all right and I could do the same thing in the same position but do with pull-offs instead so instead of hammering on everything I’ll start with my fingers lined up alright and then maybe instead of four times on each one we just do twice on each one okay and of course obviously you know do this with different scale shapes as well you know right now I’m pretending like well I’m in the key of a-minor but you maybe want to practice starting on different tones starting on different strings as well and the only thing I want to comment here is that this isn’t gonna work these shapes won’t work if you start getting into like a scale like harmonic minor or pentatonic you know those scales have big jumps in between them and the shapes that I’ve talked about here are really kind of unique to the major scales minor scales and all the modes of those scales alright so once you’ve got this technique down hopefully you see you can add a lot of speed in and the next step would be making sure that you can apply it at the right time I’m thinking of these as triplets the entire time these are three note patterns but you could technically playing with sixteenth notes that’s gonna be really difficult to count at that speed so try to think of as triplets or sixteenth note triplets so when I’m playing to something in one triplet two triplet three triplet four triplet one two three four and my pick is just picking every beat alright which is why it’s so easy for your right hand even though it might sound like I’m shredding doing something like that my pic is just going up and then three notes happen in between one of them want to be one of the runners you want to be one thing what you blue chill the future before trouble alright you can also thinking to sextuplets those are 16th note triplets those are hard to count I count them personally as bitterly diddily diddily diddily diddily diddily diddily diddily but you would be able to fit six in a beat or you could do that pull off twice in a beat so if my tempo is 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 you see my pick is picking twice per beat one two one two one two one two and on every pick stroke it’s doing a pattern of three alright so one of the four that is one of the four three four alright so hopefully this gives you some cool ideas and something to practice and really I mean you should be able to get hours and hours and hours of practice out of these simple little concepts by flipping them on their head doing them backwards try adding in open strings you know what I mean what have you added in an open string to every one of these pull off moves so now it’s a four note pattern instead of a three note pattern so you know be creative about it and see what happens and keep in mind if you have any questions or comments please let me know below or get a hold of me on Twitter or Facebook and thank you for subscribing all those of you that have been watching these videos I know it’s a new channel and I really really appreciate everybody that’s you know giving me feedback and comments so far I will continue to be posting videos and I will continue to change things up and try and do different things and change my audio and video set up all this stuff but I really do 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