Micro study 13 – legato 3, is part of a series – #6stringinspiration – of short and sweet studies that target very specific musical bars or techniques. These are for those who have very little time and want huge gains from tight focused practice ideas.
Micro Study 13 – Legato 3
This is a left hand legato workout using pull-offs in the key of G major
Even tone; even rhythms
It is a 3rd built off an idea borrowed from Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal for two guitars. The idea floats down a single string with pull-offs every two beats. Aim for relaxed LH fingers, and do not rush the legato movement. The tone of the pull-off should even with the tone of the first note – the RH pluck
This micro study is slightly more challenging as it uses the LH little finger more and across 3 strings, in the bass register. This means closer attention needs to be paid to tone production. The challenge here is getting the fingers working in pairs. It will work your left hand control, especially the little finger.
Remember that once you are up to speed you won’t have time to think about each individual finger movement so chunk the material up into beats and shifts.
Note: This study uses the G major/E minor scale, and therefore 90% of the notes are from the natural scale (there is only 1 sharp F#). This means this is an excellent exercise to help memorize the fretboard, as well as practice legato.
LH finger combinations
The trick to getting cross string pull-offs solid is to make sure that the fingers are paired up before the pluck. So here look for combinations of fingers
3&1, 4&3, 4&2 etc.
This needs to be down and ready before the note is plucked with the RH.
Remember even though the technique is called pull-off, what you are actually doing is pulling down and plucking the string with the LH. So if your tone is weak or the notes do not pop, examine how you are executing the legato line.
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