Learn Legato Triplets to Play Faster Solos 

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


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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 clean. Lots of metronome practice.

Whereas today we're going to start sounding fast right out of the gate once we've got 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 and 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 fret.

I've got my first finger on five. I'm going to pick that note and then I'm going to hammer on my ring finger and I'm going to hammer on my pinky.

Alright, so that was just one pic stroke there and then two hammers then I'll repeat it pick Hammer Hammer pick Hammer Hammer Hammer.

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 and notice that my first finger just stays there. Okay. It doesn't have to lift off at all. I can just get can just chill. All right, and that saved 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. Alright now that you've got that figured out. All right, that's what you're Seing and and once you're comfortable with that, I want you to start switching strings with it. Alright, so right on the second string 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 1 2 3.

Okay, then do it in reverse order start at the bottom this time. I'll just do it twice on each string. So one two, all right, that sounds great. Now we've taken the same. Eight though and we're going to 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 will just pull off every know so my fingers are lined up. They're all on their own fret I'm going to 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 all this.

All right, and that's what I'm doing right? There is just practicing that when I'm done with that. I'm going to 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 and 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 it will do with place as well.

And then the last shape you're going to practice is this one is going to be five seven and nine.

All right, and the right way I'm doing that is with my middle finger on 7. 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 against your hand into a very good position. All right, so hammers pull-offs.

All right, stringing them together.

Okay. Now keep in mind these might sound like scales, but they're not these are not complete. Sales are 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 to sing. I'll play Fast notes. I don't care what either 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 going to do this shape. Look the one with my middle finger now I move up to see and I'll do the the wide jumping shape now 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 now 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 I'm in the key of A minor, but you maybe want to practice starting on different tone? Starting on different strings as well.

And the only thing I want to comment here is that this isn't going to work these shapes won't work. If you start getting into like a scale like harmonic minor pentatonic, you know, those scales have big jumps in between them and the shapes that I've talked about here really kind of unique to the major scales minor scales and all the modes of those scales. All right. So once you've got this technique down, hopefully you see you can add a lot of speed 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 to use the three note patterns, but you could technically play in a sixteenth notes that's going to be really difficult to out at that speed. So try to think of Miss triplets or 16th note triplets. So when I'm playing this I'm thinking 1 triplet 2 triplet 3 triplet 4 triplet 1 2 3 4 and my pick is just picking every beat. All right, 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 pick is just going whoop up and then three notes happened between one of the one of the one of the one of the one of the one thing one triplet two triplet three triplet four triplet. All right, you can also think of a sextuplets. Those are 16th note triplets. Those are hard to count. I count them personally as Diddily diddily diddily diddily diddily diddily diddily diddily, but you would be able to fit a 6 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. All right. So what are the formulas one of the fourth is 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 5 6. All right, so hopefully this gives you some cool ideas and something to practice. Octus 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 it backwards.

Try adding it open strings. You know what I mean? What if you add it in an open string to every one of these pull off move? 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 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 you know, giving me feedback and comments so far. And 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 setup all this stuff, but I really do appreciate all of you that have stuck around this far, and if you haven't subscribed yet, please do I definitely appreciate it in certainly helps. So thank you for watching and I'll see you next time.


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