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Essentials Lesson: Legato Licks (TG218)

Improve your hammer-ons and pull-offs and get your fretting hand up to speed with TG's essential guide to legato lead playing. Pick up Total Guitar issue 218 (on sale 5 August to 1 September) for the accompanying tab and explanation.

Example One And Two: Legato Excercises

Example Three: Pentatonic lick

Example Four: Up-tempo rock 'n' roll lick

Example Five: Heavy metal linear lick

Example Six: Fret hand taps

Tutor: Chris Bird
Videographer: Martin Holmes

In addition to at least four full tabs of classic and contemporary songs from your favourite artists, every issue of TG features guest lessons, technique focus lessons (to explain the more complex areas of the tab) and a Riff Of The Month video lesson for the more visually orientated learners among you.

Each issue also includes the story behind the songs, clearly explained amp and effects settings and backing tracks for all of our lessons . See below for more information.

In the mag:

Read it!
Every song has a story. Where possible we speak to the musicians and/or studio technicians to explore the inspiration, as well as the writing and recording processes behind your favourite songs.

Get the sound!
As well as a backing track, every song comes with easy-to-read illustrated settings for amps and effects. This enables you to not only play classic riffs, solos and tunes, but to replicate the tone, too.

Backing tracks!
Every song you learn in the magazine comes with a backing track on your CD, so you can play the guitar parts along with a full band. The CD is just that, a CD of music, so you can play it anywhere and easily transfer the songs to your PC or MP3 player.