This is definitely a technique that I absolutely LOVE
but got into much later on in my musical life. I feel like I’m still playing “catch up” with my Legato
approach because of that fact. It’s not a very comfortable technique for me especially at slower speeds which you may find to be true for yourself, but I work diligently at it every day because as PG said, ”It Sounds Like Your’re Playing a Violin”
and that’s an incredible dimension to add to your playing!
Two of my top 5 favorite guitar players use this technique predominantly in their playing, but unfortunately they are both no longer with us. There’s a silver lining however, and it is that they have left us with an unparalleled collection of work to enjoy and learn from for the rest of our lives!
is hands down, The Greatest Heavy Metal Guitar Player of All Time
. I believe this to be true so strongly, that it is literally the only case in music where the line between Fact and Opinion
is severely blurred for me.
If you haven’t already, please dive head first into My Favorite Metal Band of All Time
, a band that Dime also formed with his brother and dear friend of mine, the equally legendary Vinnie Paul
on drums. This legendary band is called Pantera
would get the vote as The Greatest Legato Player of All Time
by a landslide if you asked players of all ilk, including the legend, Eddie Van Halen
who has himself said this of the Jazz Fusion legend.
This superhuman has innovated time and time again, with a perpetually innovative approach to his extensive Harmonic knowledge of scales, chords, and theory. His chord progressions are studied with great wonder just as much has his unrivaled Legato technique. This may take you a second to wrap your head around, but I suggest that you dip your toes in first with this one because I’d hate for you to be turned off by the complexity of the Harmonic Language
this man speaks. Let’s start with a recording from the album, "None Too Soon”
. This album comprises 9 incredible covers, one of which, is one of my favorite John Coltrane
tunes called "Countdown"
Let’s jump on the "Lesson Comments" section below
to discuss these two extraordinary gentlemen as well as others who may have influenced your Legato playing, or just simply ask questions so we can fill in the musical gaps we all have. Don’t be shy, none of us know everything, we can truly learn life changing ideas and concepts from even the most beginner players so make us all better and
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