OK, something wierd's happenned with my legato technique recently...
After watching that Marshall Harrison legato lesson on Youtube, I started messing around with the Holdsworth/Garsed 'all hammer-ons' approach to legato phrasing, which I occasionally did with certain licks anyway, but still mostly used in conjunction with the more conventional hammers-and-pulls approach.
After messing around with it for a little bit (and realising that my fingers seemed to have gotten a hell of a lot stronger over the past few years, as I didn't have any of the problems with volume and articulation I had last time I seriously tried it), I had a go with some four-notes-per-string stuff and realised that using the Holdsworth/Garsed approach, where there's only one finger in contact with the neck at a time, these licks were suddenly a hell of a lot more manageable, as the stretches suddenly aren't such an issue.
A couple of weeks on, and examining what my hands are doing now, I've ended up using both methods; Holdsworth/Garsed for long flowing lines, and hammers-and-pulls for blues-rock licks, and Lane/Gilbert stuff where you blend picked notes with legato.
It's really fucking wierd how quickly it happenned, but it's opened up a hell of a lot of licks I could never have managed before, and seems to have lowered the tension level in my left hand a lot, which is a nice bonus.
Has anyone else discovered/experimented with similar aspects of legato technique?
you know, i practice that all the time, and suuuuck at it