Up next in working on strengths and weaknesses? Legato.
Taught by Dan Sugarman in Sugarman's Shredding Revolution seriesLength: 3:49Difficulty: 3.0 of 5
Substrate - Part II: Legato
Keep on with using our strenghs as a substrate to grow seeds of a lesser strength, I want to show you a new legato idea to help us move forward with our 2 hand sync dexterity and challenge ourselves a bit more.
In the last lesson, we used rhythm vs lead playing position as our soil to grow some other seeds in, now we will use a intricate legato line that uses what’s called a “hammer from nowhere” - it’s when the fretting hand leads with starting with a picked note - in this instance we’ll even be using string skipping in that moment just to really drive the idea home.
I know for a fact that a lot of these ideas may be challenging for you, but I want to prove a point to you that you can a) use these ideas to make tons of your own exercises and licks out of, and b) they utilize a lot of different things at once so you can learn to transfer between them and chunk the information together into one action rather a bunch of opposing actions.
We’ll start with a leap frog in 2’s pattern on the E string fret 13 to 15 pull of to 12 and hammer 13 - THEN, hammer on from 15 on the G string without picking it, and then upstroke the E string on 12 - THAT RIGHT THERE is our looping pattern for this lick - From there we down stroke 14 on the g string and hammer on to 15 and pull off to 12 and hammer on to 14 - Hammer from nowhere 16 on the A string, up stroke 12 on the G string, down stroke 13 with the 2nd finger and hammer on to 16, then pull off to fret 12 and hammer to 13 - BOOM a repeating legato lick using hammer from nowhere and string skipping. Take it slow and milk this by coming up wth your own equation of notes + techniques + nuances to make it your own!
After that we have an ascending line of 2’s in odd groupings of of 2, then 3, and 3 - Every new string starts on a down stroke - Use this to come into a slight rhythm position to create a palm muting effect that we will left off into lead playing position on the following strings to give it a dynamic “opening up” type of effect. We’ll then use the same pattern as measure 1 in a new position in key on frets 10 to 12 to 9 on the E string - only this time alternate picking it in 8th note triplets instead of 16th notes and close with 3 direcitonally picked notes descending down to fret 12. Then, we use chromatics ascending from 10, 11, 12 on the A string, and roll on the 3rd finger to 12 on the D string, then 10 on the G string - all using directionally picked downstrokes. Then we upstroke fret 14 on the G string with our 4th finger, and up stroke fret 12 on the D string with directional picking, then downstroke fret 15 on the D string to continue with directional picking up fret 14 on the G string, and 11 on the B string, then up stroke 15, then pull off to 11 and descend back down the same shape using direcitonal picking to fret 15 on the D string, pull off to 12, upstroke 13 on the A string and pull off to 12. That moment right there is a legato moment where you can use the pull off instead of 2 picking strokes so you can set your picking hand up for the double up stroke.
Take this slow, your 2 hand sync will be heavily challenged here and you will definitely be growing tremendously as a guitarist after making these ideas feel more comfortable for you. Review this lesson, finger IQ and the lesson on legato if you are having any major issues.
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