"10 Tonal Exercises" Volume 4 (legato) - Hammer Ons / Pull Offs
The following exercises are specifically designed to help your develop a very even, well articulated and fluent legato (hammer ons / pull offs) technique. They are also ideal to build and establish a very strong and reliable navigational system on the instrument and provide a strong nucleus and framework for melodic vocabulary development. Because of the role and weight put on the fretting hand with the legato playing approach these practice ideas are also great to develop strength, endurance and dexterity in our left hand.
For the purpose of this book all exercises are presented in "C major" but I strongly encourage you to transpose and move to all 12 keys and also try them in different scalar systems; major, melodic minor, etc.
Another great way of further developing control of your legato playing is to modulate all exercises rhythmically. Take a triplet phrase and play it in four note groupings, take a 16th note phrase and play it in triplets, etc. This way you will learn to change and offset the important accents within the line and be able to manipulate them to fit any improvisational vocabulary needs.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do and discover a whole new side to practicing.
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