Centrifugal Funk is the second and final studio album by the Mark Varney Project (MVP), released in 1991 through Legato Records; a remastered edition was reissued in 2004 through Tone Center Records. This incarnation of the group is a collaboration between guitarists Frank Gambale, Brett Garsed and Shawn Lane. It consists primarily of covers of existing jazz fusion compositions, save for one track performed by Lane—"Lane's Blitz"—which he later dismissed as an impromptu warm-up rather than a planned solo, and thus his dislike for it. Varney, however, disputes Lane's version of events.
This is the first part of my extensive 5 hour Legato tutorial forming a definitive guide to the modern legato sound. Part one is a 1 hour and 20 minute HD lesson covering the basics of the technique for left and right hand, hybrid picking inclusion, time feel and sub-division playing, 16th note scalar lines, arpeggio usage in lines plus cyclical legato line playing. The lesson includes a 14 page PDF file with every line TABBED in standard tuning and right hand picking directions to play the phrases exactly the way I do. Close up shots of both the left and right hand give you a great insight into this technique, all filmed with high quality cameras for superb video footage.
Part 3 of Tom's Modern Legato series is finally here and is his biggest tutorial yet. In this 1 hour 50min video lesson, Tom breaks down his methods and thought processes for creating his trademark flowing legato lines, bringing together all of the knowledge and technical skills from parts 1 and 2 into a fantastic resource for developing a modern legato style in any genre. Tom focuses on a detailed but easy to understand fragment approach to line construction and also tackles rhythmic awareness and accuracy, utilising melodic minor scales/modes and using legato in changes based playing. The tutorial includes 14 pages of lines and transcribed solos (in both standard and 4ths tunings) plus backing tracks to practice with. There are hundreds of lines to get to grips and analyse here. Combined with parts one and two this makes for the most comprehensive legato course available!
Learn the fundamentals of modern legato techniques with Tom Quayle. It's a bold step to say that a player takes a technique to the next level but it only takes a little bit of time online to see that Tom Quayle has truly made legato his own and taken it to a level unique to him. In this DVD aimed at beginners, Tom takes you through the basics of the technique to prime you for taking legato in the direction he's become best known for.