A smooth, connected style of playing where notes are often articulated using hammer-ons and pull-offs.

Legato, which means “tied together” in Italian, is a playing technique that emphasizes smooth, flowing transitions between notes, creating a seamless and connected sound. In guitar playing, legato is often achieved by using hammer-ons and pull-offs to articulate notes without the need for individual pick strokes. This allows for faster, more fluid playing and can produce a distinctive, singing quality that contrasts with the sharper attack of picked notes.

Developing a clean and controlled legato technique requires consistent practice, focusing on finger strength, dexterity, and coordination between the picking and fretting hands. Mastering legato can greatly enhance a guitarist’s musical vocabulary and allow for more expressive and dynamic performances across various genres and styles.

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