Five Simple Steps to Better Legato Technique

In this lesson video, which hit the interwebs almost three years ago, Rick Graham—a UK-based guitar instructor with 100,000 followers on YouTube—shares the five simple steps that he feels truly helped him improve his (very impressive) legato technique.

His steps, all of which are explained in detail during the video, is something of a checklist featuring:

1. Thumb and left-hand positioning

2. Muting technique

3. Controlling tension

4. Hammers from nowhere

5. Building speed.

"Just to clarify, my legato technique consists of hammers when ascending and pull-offs when descending, even when using [my] left hand only," Graham says.

By the way, if Graham looks familar, it might be because he was featured in a recent Tyler Larson video, When Your Online Guitar Students Should Be Teaching You. You guessed it; Graham is the guitar student who should be teaching teachers.

For more (including much more recent) videos by Graham, follow him on YouTube.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.