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Stretch out those fingers and give your pick a rest with these twisted licks.



  • Strengthen your hammer-ons and pull-offs.
  • Build fretting-hand stamina and fluidity.
  • Create phrases that flow across bar lines.
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Let’s take an in-depth look at how to incorporate legato techniques into your playing. In its most basic form, this is simply using various hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides—collectively known as slurs—to create a smooth and fluid sound. Many guitarists use this technique to great effect, and Allan Holdsworth, Brett Garsed, Joe Satriani, and Eddie Van Halen are among those who have developed individual approaches to this technique.

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