Advanced Legato Techniques Pt.2

This lesson is part two of our series focusing on legato techniques for the experienced player.

In this video we will try a few string skipping and string crossing exercises using legato. We will practice legato exercises in the style of Steve Vai, Shawn Lane and Ritchie Kotzen.

Make sure to keep your left hand fingers pointing in an upward direction and keep a good amount of space between the inside of you palm and the bottom of the fretboard.

Get the PDF download for this lesson here.

Advanced Legato Techniques Pt.2 Lesson PDF

Keep your fret hand loose when doing these exercises and don't be afraid to stop for a while if your hand is feeling a bit sore and tired.

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Advanced Legato Techniques Pt.2


  1. ian hall on January 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Big hands strikes again!!!!

  2. Julian on July 6, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for this lesson and the tabs! That are really great exercises, thank you very much!

    Keep on the good work!!!

    • Carl Brown on July 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm

      Hey Julian, thanks a bunch for watching my lessons. Many more are on the way!

      Carl 😀

  3. John Brown on November 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Good job Carl!

  4. John Brown on November 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Teach me more.

  5. jazzax on July 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    Shawn is my god anyway …..I am really plesed….but anyway your site is awsome…perhaps best I have seen…I did donate!!

  6. bill norum on June 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Hi car thank you very much,very stylish.i have problem with the very very fast pull of like Steve vai for the love of god at 3:16,but i can do all of the advanced legato lessons.i master at all.but how can i improve to play like those licks?please help me i fall in love of that song thanks:D

    • Carl Brown on June 18, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Hey Bill, if you want you can send me a link to a video of you playing the parts of “For the Love of God” you are having trouble with and I will check it out and see what I think can be done.

      Actually seeing what your hands are doing are really the only way I could help though. 🙂


  7. bill norum on June 18, 2014 at 11:19 am

    thanks so much but how can i send it?

    • Carl Brown on June 18, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Just post it on YouTube and send me a link to it.

      If you don’t want the whole world seeing it you can make it private so only people you send the link to can access the video. 🙂

      Then just send the link to my email.


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