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What is Legato Technique?
Legato is the key to super smooth playing and building additional speed. "Legato" is just a combination of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and trills.
Steve Vai is one of the best legato players, and one of his finest pieces is “Tender Surrender”:
Here is Steve Vai himself talking about how to practice and apply legato technique:
Important takeaways from the lesson are:
Nate Savage from Guitareo gives you a 7-minute workout to get you up to speed with legato playing in this lesson.
John Petrucci's Legato Exercises
If you want to flow like John Petrucci from Dream Theatre, here are some exercises from the man himself:
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