Legato licks can sound awesome in your rock solos and in this guitar lesson I’ll show you 3 legato lines for rock guitar you don’t want to be without. These legato licks make a great legato practice routine or legato workout too if you want to improve your legato technique and your finger strength and accuracy. And the sliding blues scale shape I show you in this lesson really lends itself to playing legato, meaning with a little practice you can soon be creating legato licks and runs of your own.
After looking at the sliding A blues scale shape used for the lesson it’s time for the first legato lick. It’s ascending the scale pattern using a repeating legato pattern. Break it up into chunks to make it easier to learn and build your legato chops bit by bit.
The second legato lick is the kind of idea you might hear Paul Gilbert play. It’s a repeating blues scale fragment which is a useful addition for high energy rock solos.
The third legato lick descends the scale with a legato flurry moving down in octaves.
Remember to build these up to speed gradually and get the timing solid, it’s easy to lose it with legato licks like these and our fingers can start to run away with us! Also practice using them in your playing so that legato becomes a part of your guitar style.