Who Else Wants Killer Legato Technique?

One of the coolest sounding techniques on guitar is legato, which is where you pick less and slur more. 

Players such as Allan Holdsworth, Joe Satriani, and even Stevie Ray Vaughan all used legato in their playing to create intensity and interest in their solos. 

While you may be a fan of legato guitar and want to play in that style, you might not know where to begin or how to work that technique in the practice room. 

Well, I’ve got you covered. 

In this lesson, you learn how to slide up, slide down, and do combo slides as you dive headfirst into legato style soloing. 

Work each exercise in this lesson with a metronome and focus on playing accurate rhythms with every slide. 

Slides aren’t tough to learn on guitar, but it’s easy to lose the rhythm when adding slides to your playing. 

Using a metronome fixes that issue or avoids it in your playing altogether. 

Have fun working on slides as you build your legato soloing chops with these exercises.

Slides Exercise 1

To begin, you work on your up slides with this exercise. 

Go slow to begin, use a metronome at all times, and focus on every note you pluck or slide being clear and accurate in your playing. 

It’s easy to over slide a note, so going past the note you were aiming for on any string. 

It’s also easy for the second note, the note you slide to, to have a much lower volume level than the first note. 

Keep your ears open for those two issues so you can catch them and fix them or prevent them from happening in your playing. 

Have fun as you begin this sliding workout in the practice room.

Slides Exercise 2

The next exercise combines down slides as you work on combo slides in your studies. 

Here, you pick one note, then slide down to the next note from that one picked note. 

This can be tougher to do than it seems, so take your time and listen closely to the timing and volume level of each note to nail them on the fretboard.  

Make sure to use a metronome so you don’t rush these slides. 

Have fun as you dig deeper into slides with this fun and essential sliding exercise.

Slides Exercise 3

In this final exercise, you combine up and down slides to work give your fretting hand a further workout with this technique. 

Here, you pluck the 3rd fret, then slide up to 5 and back to 3 to complete the pattern, moving on to a new string from there. 

To take this further, you can reverse this pattern

This means you play 5-3-5 on each string, starting with a downslide and finishing with an up slide each time. 

Start with the written pattern, switch to the variation when ready, use a metronome to nail the time, and have fun with this sliding workout

Soloing with Guitar Slides Workout

You’re now ready to add slides to your solos as you use the G major scale, with a ton of slides, so improvise over this famous jazz chord progression. 

Start by learning the scale, making sure you can play it from memory, even adding in slides as you play it up and down to get it memorized. 

From there, put on the backing track, solo with the scale, and add as many slides as you possibly can. 

The goal is to get used to adding slides to your solos, not creating the world’s best solo at this point. 

Once you get use to the slides you can pull back, use them more tastefully, and learn where and when you want to use them in your soloing

Singing along is an excellent way to work on ear training and help with phrasing and being musical with slides in your solos. 

Have fun as you add some creativity into your guitar slides workout.

Sliding Backing Track