Hey, this is Matias Rengel with Guitar Control and today we’re going to be learning a legato technique that is going to take your playing to the next level, okay? You’re going to be able to grab a boring line and you’re going to make it into more interesting, more pocket sounding line. Enough talking, let’s get down to it.
As usual, don’t forget to subscribe to YouTube channel and there’s a link in the description where you can download the tab and follow along with this video, so make sure that you click or tap on it. Let’s get down to it. So let’s get a very, very simple line. Let’s grab something, pentatonic or … something like this. It’s super simple, right?
Let’s check it out. So, we’re playing the 5th fret of the second string. Then we bringing the 5th fret of the first string. Then we’re playing the 8th fret of the first string. 10th fret of the first string. 8th fret of the first string and 5th fret of the first string. So …
Very plain, very boring.
How can we make this a little bit better? How can we take it to the next level? So what we’re going to do, we’re going to apply a legato technique. We’re going to apply something called an appoggiatura. And what we’re going to do, we’re going to play a note right before playing the actual note that we want to play. So what do I mean by this? I mean that …
Before playing this note, for example, the 10th fret of the first string, we’re going to do a hammer onto it. So …
From there, okay? If you know this technique, just stay along. I’m going to show you other techniques, but if you don’t, this is going to help you a lot, okay? This is a technique that a lot of guitar your players use and it gives a lot of feel to the playing. Okay? This is what a lot of people use. Like, you don’t have, you have no feel is because they’re just playing straight up, picking the strings, right? And not doing anything else.
When people… When guitar players or musicians talk about feel, they talk about applying little techniques that embellish a musical line. So, in this case we have this boring line, right? So how do we embellish it? One way is to hammer on to one of the notes. So that’s what I’m doing right now. After playing the eighth, I’m going to play it again, but I’m going to move my hand and I’m going to hammer onto it. Like that.
Super simple, but it already makes your playing sound much better and much more smooth. So, of course it’s not going to sound that great unless you put a little bit of vibrato to it. So, what we’re going to do… When we get to the 10th we’re going to put our three fingers down in each fret and we’re going to bring it up and down, but not like… Just a little bit. Just a tiny bit.
And then when we come here, you’re also going to bring it up and down a little bit. Same on when you come here. So, we’re playing legato, which is already a new technique and we’re applying a little bit of vibrato to add a little bit of feel. Right? Pretty cool. Now let’s go to another line. We have that line right there. Let’s choose a little bit more complicated line, I would say. So… Let’s see something like… Maybe something in D minor.
Okay, so let’s grab this line. Something very simple. I’m playing the 8th, 10th fret of the first string, 10th fret of the second string, 8th fret of the second string, 6th fret of the second string, 7th fret of the third string, 5th fret on the third string, 6th fret of the second string, and 7th fret of the third string. So…
Now just play me like that, it sounds a little bit boring, right? You have a D-minor. You play that at a jam or someone’s going to be like, “Ooh, I don’t know. Like it sounds boring. You play with your friends and it just sounds like you’re just starting out,” right? But yeah, you’re just starting out, but why should you sound like you’re starting out, right? So what we’re going to do, embellish it once again with the legato technique that I just showed you. We’re going to put in every note and push it to where we’re going to grab. Right before playing the 10th fret of the first string, you’re going to play the 8th fret. And hammer on to the 10th. So, checked it out. I’m going to play it slow for you. But this has to be played fast.
When you go to this one, you’re going to do. So now we’re going to continue to pay some of them the same. So eight to ten, 8th to ten, six to 8th. And then you’re going to play the 6th. Right after the 6th you’re going to play the 7TH and 5th of the third string.
And then from there we’re going to hammer on from the 5th and finish up on the 7th. So. Much better, right? We had like… And now we have… And finish up with a nice vibrato there. We’ve embellished it all. Now you can go like… And that’s what it’s called, embellishing a musical guitar line.
Now another way to embellish a line would also be to apply other techniques, like a slide. Slide is going to make it sound even more pocket. Okay, so let’s grab something super, super simple, like… Something like… So boring, right? Just the 10th fret of the first string and the 10th fret of the second string twice, right? You play that, super boring. What can you do as a beginner to embellish this boring line that sounds like you’re just a beginner? What can you do to not sound like a beginner when you are? Super simple, grab the fret two frets below the note and slide it up into the note, like this.
Now we’ve turned a super boring line, and simple, into a much more interesting line. So. Now, even to take it a step further, we can slide down on the second string. So on the first string you slide up from the 8th to the ten. And right after you slide, you don’t let it ring. You stop it. You remove the pressure from from the string. And then, taking it a step further, we’re going to slide down from the 12th to the 10th on the second string. Now you have a more interesting line. Now you can be like… Do somewhere else.
And there you have it. Three different ways to embellish a musical line. You can apply the legato. Hammer on, pull off. You can apply a slide up or down. And then you can apply vibrato into any of the notes actually, right? Because on this one that I was just playing you could just stop a little bit. Or just on the last one. Just to play a little bit of vibrato.
Those are three techniques that are going to improve your playing, that are going to make it sound less boring and more professional. That’s all for today. As usual, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for daily guitar lessons and there’s a link in the description. Make sure you click on it, you tap on it so you can download the tab and revisit everything that I just showed you, okay? This is going to be a really good way for you to take your playing to a more professional level. Okay. So, as usual, if you have any questions or comments leave them down below. And, I would love to know, what was the first song that you learned on guitar? Leave a comment down below. Thank you so much for watching.