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Golden Legato Exercises

posted Nov 19, 2015, 2:55 PM by Alex Rogowski   [ updated Nov 19, 2015, 3:02 PM ]

Today marks the 50th anniversary of receiving my first guitar. It was an Airline brand (Montgomery Ward) acoustic guitar that seemed nearly impossible to play above the fifth fret. If I recall correctly, my mother paid around $13 for it and almost as much again for the cardboard case it came in. By 1970 or so I regretfully loaned it out to JG but never saw it again. His priorities clearly trumped mine as it no doubt was exchanged for an urgent quick fix. Rosebud.

To celebrate this milestone I’ve posted the following exercise. There are two approaches one can take: tapping the notes with the fingers indicated (a quick hammer-on and release - more of a staccato type technique actually) or the traditional legato style. Of course, move each “formula” to every string and position. 

Alex Rogowski,
Nov 19, 2015, 2:55 PM