Re: Al DiMeola on legato
i see satriani being brought up a lot in these legato vs picking discussions as if he does nothing but legato or '90% legato'. if you really look at his playing, he's picking a lot...he just doesn't subscribe to the 3 notes per string alternate picked runs that you hear so many shredders do. in fact, there are several vids of satch on youtube stressing the importance of picking. but for satch, picking is about what part of the pick you use against the string, where it hits the string in relation to the pick-ups, dynamics, etc. as opposed to how many bpm you can cram. i love a fast alternate-picked run too within the right context, but to insinuate one technique is inferior to the other is absolutely absurd.