How to Play Legato (May 6th) Questions / Suggestions


Hi everyone! Have you ever been told to play a phrase more legato and been left wondering *exactly* how to achieve this? I mean specifically... How can fingerings help connect notes? How should I deal with string changes in a melody? What is the role of guide-fingers and portamentos and how should I use them?

We'll be talking about all this and more through various examples to demonstrate the detailed practical applications of that sought after ideal: to play more legato.


See you soon!

Emmanuel Sowicz

The golden standard for legato is the human voice, with its natural ability to create seamless lines. However, the mechanisms to achieve legato on the guitar can often seem haphazard and unclear.


In this livestream, Emmanuel Sowicz will present some specific technical ideas that can help you achieve a more legato style of playing. The event will include wide-ranging examples from Sor to Assad.

Find the start time in your time zone by clicking the photo or following this event link:



We are going to be using this thread to gather suggestions and questions!

  • What questions do you have on this topic?
  • Any particular area you would like us to focus on?
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    • Jimmy Muhlenbruch
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    80's Shredder here, my biggest problem in terms of legato is the ability to connect melody lines that are part of position shifting chord shapes. Other than the obvious guide fingers and hinge barres, what advice can you offer on improving this weakness. (Example: in Suite Castellana the first barre chord after the modulation in Fandanguillo)

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