Get to grips with legato playing using this simple guitar workout

Master legato with this guitar workout
Align your fingers one-per-fret to nail those legato leads (Image credit: Future)

Hammer-ons and pull-offs are some of the first techniques beginner lead guitarists learn, and they are some of the easiest. 

For the uninitiated, the idea is to sound a note with a fretting finger without picking the string - it’s done by either hammering down hard on the string or pulling off to essentially re-pick it. Simple! 

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Charlie Griffiths

Charlie Griffiths plays guitar in acclaimed prog-metal outfit Haken, and has a wealth of experience handling corporate and session gigs for genres as diverse as rock, heavy metal and pop. He has been a regular contributor to Total Guitar, Guitar Techniques, and Guitar World for over a decade, and released his debut solo album Tiktaalika in 2022.