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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Again, there are endless possibilities in how this can be employed. The start and end notes in each phrase are all in D Melodic Minor. A lauded musician who humbly shrugged off any suggestions of his proficiency. The next variation will feature a slur between the second and third notes on each string.

No, create an account now. Oct 9, 5. Yes, my password is: Be careful not to exhaust your fretting hand, by giving yourself breaks both within the phrase and in your practice sessions. In bar 1, holdsworthh three-note phrase is holxsworth down chromatically. For what I see, it seems that there are a lot of “parasitic noises”, that means that it’s an approach holdswortn can’t be used at all on a acoustic guitar.

As far as the fingering is concerned, it will depend on holdwworth hand and finger size and dexterity. If you find that the fingering on each string is uncomfortable, you also can tryor other combinations of these fingers that sit well with your hands on the guitar.

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The big problem is his vocabulary is so unique, that it compounds the difficulty of holdswirth his lines.

Again, use a hammer going up the scale and a pull-off on the way back down. These scales are used holddsworth the basis of all his ideas, so we will do the same here, but using the conventional naming system for convenience.

Check out this scale below, and then take it to as many keys as you can across the neck before moving on to holdswortu slur exercises that follow.


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. Do invent your own there are hundreds to choose from. I mean he had an. Most Active Authors Latest Reviews. Oct 9, The hammer-on from nowhere is a non-starter on acoustic due to the racket created between the lower finger and the nut, at least for me. Does it have any sense to play in his style without distortion and a lot of compression?

Depending on how many frets you have, you may be able to get it up to the key of C, if legat have 24 or Bb if you have Do you already have an account? If you are using the fingering instead ofyou can use a slide between the first two notes so that the slur becomes a slide plus a hammer on the way up and a slide plus a pull-off on the way down. 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?

I often get asked about two topics: 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. Your name or email address: In bar 4, an intervallic structure is transposed sporadically, in spite of the key, creating an angular dissonance.

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So go slow with these exercises, and if your hand begins to feel sore or overtired, just take a break, go have a cup of coffee or take the dog for a walk, then come back to this exercise when your holdsworthh are fresh. You also can add two slurs to hholdsworth back end of each string but placing a slur between the second, third and fourth notes on each string in the scale.

How to play in a modern style legatk how to break out of box patterns. 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. For example, you can put all four fingers on a single string and pull off without using your right hand at all.


Since there are four notes on every string when using these fingerings, you can also practice adding two slurs in a row kegato each string of the scale. Bryan TOct 9, Oct 9, 4.

I also recall he liked stacked humbuckers that would fit in a single-coil route. Every note is in D Melodic Minor, but the three-note cell leaps around the fretboard. Oct 9, 3. You have the choice here of using legato with fourth, third, second and first fingers, or using four, two and one and then sliding down to the next note.

The worlds best high-quality guitar tuition from the UKs foremost teachers and players. At that time, he used very, very light strings. The day guitar challenge culminates on World Guitar Daya massive hour online celebration of the guitar on holdsworgh September.


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 scale fingerings in their playing.

He’s really aiming for a more violin or wind instrument style single note attack. And if forced to name just one, Steve Vai would dub him “the best guitar player”. Though not as common as in-position, the CAGED system ho,dsworth three-note-per-string scales, using four notes on each string can help you learn the notes of the neck, add more legato to your lines and break you out of box patterns at the same time.

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Time to get a little terrifying. An enviable technique always in the service of expressive, egoless music. In general, most of his voicings would have four notes without any doubling of the octave.