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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I play these scales with one finger per note, across each string, but not everyone will feel comfortable with this fingering.


Do invent your own there are hundreds to choose from. Again, use a hammer going up the scale and a pull-off on the way back down. Most Active Authors Latest Reviews. Holdsworth could sweep with the best of them as well as playing with extraordinary time, harmony and touch. Yes, my password is: Share This Page Tweet.

The big problem is his vocabulary is so unique, that it compounds the difficulty of deciphering his lines. If you find that the fingering on holdseorth string is uncomfortable, you also can tryor other combinations of these fingers that sit well with your holvsworth on the holdeworth. 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.

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.

In the first example you will be adding a slur between the first, second and third notes on each string. For what I see, it seems that there are a lot of “parasitic noises”, that means that it’s an approach that can’t be used at all on a acoustic guitar. Oct 9, 9.


In the first example you hildsworth see alkan slur added between the first and second notes on each string. No, create an account now. Not content with what was possible with one fretting hand, Holdsworth occasionally added notes to chords using a tap from his fretting hand creating ultra-wide voicing as in the final bar here.

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

about Allan Holdsworth and his legato technique

How to play in a modern style and how to break out of box patterns. Holdsworth saw chords as well as melodies emerging from the scale forms.

The start and end notes in each phrase are all in D Melodic Minor. The day guitar challenge culminates on World Guitar Daya massive hour online celebration of the guitar on 29 September.

Every note is in D Melodic Minor, but the three-note cell leaps around the fretboard. 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 you already have an account? 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?

These scales are used as the basis of all his ideas, so we will do the same here, but using the conventional naming system for convenience.

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And if forced to name just one, Steve Vai would dub him “the best guitar player”. The worlds best high-quality guitar tuition from the UKs foremost teachers uoldsworth players. The following example uses a couple of his devices known as side-stepping and constant structure.


Usually Holdsworth avoided chords that were built conventionally in 3rds. I have definitely stole a few.

This wide interval approach avoid octaves and triadic forms is typical of his style. Oct 9, 2. C Major arpeggio descends chromatically to B to Bb to A, but the inversions change, notes are left out and the phrase ascends the fretboard, making the side-step less obvious.

Neer and Jason Calieri like this. Oct 9, Holdsworth was a radical inventor, not just in brewing methods and guitar systems, but with every aspect of music.

Oct 9, 8. For example, you can put all four fingers on a single string and pull off without using your right hand at all. You can use them with your own vocabulary in the meantime while you’re trying to cop his language. It’s an aggressive fretting hand approach he doesn’t like the sound of pull-offsmore a lifting off technique.

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Similarly, hammering on to sound the note is easier if you have lighter strings. I don’t holdswprth how much has changed over time, but I met Allan H. A special thank you to the ‘new’ guys that helping out. Oct 9, 6.

To get the most out of these exercises, make sure to use a metronome, starting at a slow tempo holdswortj slowly increasing the speed as you work these scale and slur variations in different keys across the neck.