Allan Holdsworth had one of the most distinctly original voices of any Much has been written about Holdsworth’s legato technique, speed. Watching Allan Holdsworth perform may leave you with the approach, coupled with a saxophone-smooth legato technique, paved the way for. Allan Holdsworth Extreme LegatoPart One and Part Two q = ° # & œ œnœ œ œ #œ œ œnœ œ œ #œ œ œnœ œ œ#œ œ.

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In general, most of his voicings would have four notes without any doubling of the octave. That means that if he’s playing on the E string something like D C B A he picks the D with his pinky, than he plays hammer-ons from nowhere with the other fingers? When first digging into a new four-note-per-string scale, such as the F major scale below, you will need to figure out the notes on the holsdworth and build your fingering hpldsworth from there.

Triads, 7th and 9th chords would include added notes, omitted notes and unexpected bass notes. How to play in a modern style and how to break out of box patterns. The next variation will feature a slur between the second and third notes holdswrth each string.

The worlds best high-quality guitar tuition from the UKs foremost teachers and players. Do invent your own there are hundreds to choose from. Oct 9, 7. I also recall he liked stacked humbuckers that would fit in a single-coil route. Do you already have an account? A good way to avoid this is to set the metronome to 8th notes and then play one note per click to make sure each note is accurately placed within the bar. Oct 9, 8.


Time to get a little terrifying. An enviable technique always in the service of expressive, egoless music. You also can add two slurs to the back end of each string but placing a slur between the second, third and fourth notes on each string in the scale.


These scales are built exactly as their name suggests, by playing four notes on each string as you climb up the neck, then simply reversing this approach on the way down. Check out this scale below, and then take it to as many keys as you can across the neck before moving on to the holdswogth exercises that follow. Neer and Jason Calieri like this. If one uses very light strings, lebato is made much easier. Log in or Sign up. Yes, my password is: Used by modern players such as Allan Holdsworthwhose playing inspired me to check out these fingerings, four-note-per-string scales can help bring a more modern flavor to your lines, expand your knowledge of the neck and allow you to cover a large amount of fretboard real estate with just one scale shape, all of which are beneficial to players looking to explore non-traditional hildsworth fingerings in their playing.

I don’t know how much has changed over time, but I met Allan H. However, he disliked the sound of conventional voicings and rarely used notes in octaves.

Oct 9, 6. Allwn Media New Media. Your name or email address: In the first example you will see a slur added between the first and second notes on each string. You can use them with your own vocabulary in the meantime while you’re trying to cop his language.


Again, if you are using the fingering for each string, then you could do a hammer plus a slide going up and a pull-off plus a slide going down to achieve the same effect. To get the most out of these exercises, make sure to use a metronome, starting at a slow tempo and slowly increasing the speed as you work these scale and slur variations in different keys across the neck. To achieve this he learned to play his scales not with just two or three notes per string, but in four-notes-per-string fingerings.

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There are many videos of him playing – perhaps you could catch him in action? I play these scales with one finger per note, legsto each string, but not everyone will feel comfortable with this fingering. Home Forums Recent Posts. You must log in or sign up to reply here. I often get asked about two topics: Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Holdsworth could sweep with the best of them as well as playing with extraordinary time, harmony and touch.

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